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Trump travel ban partly reinstated

Trump travel ban partly reinstated

The governor and former U.S. attorney weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting part of the block on the Trump administration's travel ban of folks from six mostly Muslim countries. Specifically, the Court's decision allows the travel ban to go into effect for the above-mentioned foreign nationals, but only if they lack any "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

President Trump said that the Supreme Court decision was "a clear victory for our national security".

Small parts of the ban may be able to go into effect until the Supreme Court decides the legality of the travel ban.

That's because Trump's order only sought to halt travelers from the six countries for 90 days, to give the administration time to review the screening procedures for those visa applicants. The Trump administration has been fighting back against lower court rulings that have struck down the travel ban. He claimed it was needed to protect the US from terrorists, but opponents said it was unfairly harsh and was meant to meet Trump's campaign promise of keeping Muslims out of the United States.

"Very grateful for the 9-0 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court".

"We see the 9-0 decision with zero dissensions as a slap in the face to those that would use the courts with a political agenda to undermine the security of USA citizens", Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Arizona's Morning News on Tuesday.

"Given that preserving national security is "'an urgent objective of the highest order, '" the Court stated that, "To prevent the Government from pursuing that objective by enforcing [the ban] against foreign nationals unconnected to the United States would appreciably injure its interests, without alleviating obvious hardship to anyone else".

In the beginning of March, President Trump proposed a new travel ban in which Iraq was excluded. The court's majority laid out the "bona fide" relationships it had in mind.




The legality of Trump's desired travel ban remains to be seen.

However, the Department of Homeland Security said in a public statement that implementation of the executive order would be clear, specific and transparent.

"But a partial reinstatement of the travel ban could still put people's livelihoods at risk", she wrote. Perhaps the only groups of travelers that don't meet that standard are people with tourist visas and some refugees.

The court also agreed to hear the case of the Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.

Nicky Smith, executive director of the International Rescue Committee's Seattle office, said she worries about refugee children traveling to the US for medical care.

The Supreme Court will take up the travel ban fully in October. A 120-day ban on refugees also is being allowed to take effect on a similar, limited basis.

"Rather than keeping anyone safe, this ban demonizes millions of innocent people and creates anxiety and instability for people who want to visit a relative, work, study, return to the country they call home, or just travel without fear".

In a ruling earlier this month, the three justices of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that "immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show".


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