Trump travel ban partly and temporarily upheld

 

The Supreme Court has temporarily allowed President Trump to enforce a 90-day ban on travellers from six Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it, and throwing the travel industry back into a fray that delayed and stranded travellers earlier this year.

The six countries are Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. A prior version of the ban also included travel by Iraqi nationals, but the administration dropped the country from its list in a revised version of the ban signed in early March.

Although the total number of medical tourists from these countries to the USA is small, the perceived intent of the ban will make Muslims and others decide that the US is no longer welcoming to certain foreigners.

Protected from the ban are people with a “bona fide” relationship “with a person or entity in the United States,” including college students, employees and those having family members living in the USA.

Anyone applying for a visa who has never been to the USA or who has no family, business or other ties can be prohibited.

The ban is temporary while the Supreme Court considers the legal merits of the President Trump's executive orders on immigration.

The justices will hear arguments on the case in October when it reconvenes from summer recess.

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