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Supreme court partially reinstates Trump travel ban in 6 Muslim countries

Alfredo Watts | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

By the time the Supreme Court hears arguments on the travel ban, its 90-day life will have expired and the Trump administration will need to give the court a reason as to why it should be continued.

The ban applies to foreign nationals from Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

The Supreme Court's decision said that in adding this distinction - relationships and ties - the government should be able to administer the Executive Order more easily. Specifically, the court stayed the EO, but only as to foreign nationals who can not credibly claim a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

"A foreign national who wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit a family member ... clearly has such a relationship".

"The government's interest in enforcing [the travel ban is] undoubtedly at [its] peak when there is no tie between the foreign national and the United States", said the majority.

The Supreme Court did not change the duration of Trump's travel ban.

The previous United States appeals court decisions had found that Trump exceeded his executive authority in issuing the order and pointed to the likelihood that challenges to the measure on the grounds it discriminated against one religious group were likely to succeed.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to reinstate much of President Trump's travel ban the lower courts had previously blocked. "Reinstating any part of this ban could create chaos in the nation's airports and tear families apart", Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, said in a statement. None of the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and attacks there after came from the six countries in Trump's ban.

Trump's original order barred entry from all citizens of those countries and also established a 120-day moratorium in the United State's refugee resettlement program.

Rania Alhsouni, an MSU student from Libya, wrote in an email that she was relieved to see that Monday's Supreme Court ruling protects students.

However, Gorka did not say when the travel ban would go into effect.

This means those with no "bona fide" U.S. ties can be barred from entry if they come from any of the six Muslim-majority countries subject to the ban.

Two federal appeals courts have blocked critical parts of the order. The Court will hear oral arguments pertaining to the legality of the new E.O. during the first session of October Term 2017.

"The US president's stances towards Muslims during his presidential campaign and after taking power are clear examples of such humiliating approach", Qassemi noted.

"My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe".

It could also mean more lawsuits if advocates for immigrants believe the administration is going beyond the Supreme Court's guidelines in barring visitors to the United States.

"Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban", Jadwat said.