Orlando Immigration Attorney Henry Lim explains what the revival of Trump’s travel ban could mean for those affected.
Months after what felt like the demise of a horrible Trump executive order, the Supreme Court has decided to revive some parts of the administration’s travel ban.
The Trump administration’s original travel ban would have started a 90-day blanket ban on all travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, while also imposing a 120-day ban on all refugee and asylum seekers entering the country. The new, broadly defined and open ended Court ruling revives the travel ban in part, barring those who do not have a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States.
This lack of definition brings up questions for refugees from the named countries. Questions remain unanswered until October, when the Supreme Court returns to session. A State Department spokeswoman has said about the ban, “We will keep those traveling to the United States and partners in the travel industry informed as we implement the order in a professional, organized, and timely way.”
Justice Clarence Thomas provided a voice of partial dissent regarding the order. He argues the travel ban poses as a potential burden for the Executive Branch and the TSA. Justice Thomas further argues the laborious task of figuring out who has ties to the United States will result in another layer of travel bureaucracy. The travel ban serves little purpose and does not protect the country.
The ban is currently broadly defined and lacks clarity. The “rules” for the ban are transparently anti-Muslim, and those affected need to be prepared for travel to and from the countries on the “travel ban” list.
Before travel, those who could be affected by the ban should create a portfolio of documentation to prove ties to the United States. Include class schedules and letters of admission to universities. For others, this may mean a child’s birth certificate or a record of employment. If you are attempting to host family members from abroad on long term work visas, or someone in your family is applying for a green card, consider documentation as to how you are related to that family member.
The travel ban will be challenged not only because it violates the constitution, but because it goes against what the United States stands for. We are a nation built by immigrants, and we will not progress as a nation with discriminatory policy. The terms of the travel ban are unclear, and it may best best to consult an attorney to understand your rights.
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