Monday, June 26, 2017

Travel Ban: Block Folks Now, Ask Questions Later

So the Supreme Court will review trump’s travel ban in October, and at the same time, allowing a different version of the order to go into effect today.
Individuals from the six Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban ― Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― who have a bona fide relationship with the United States aren’t blocked from entering the country.

The court’s order released Monday said a “close familial relationship is required” for individuals who wish to live with or visit a family member. When the relationship is with an entity like a university, it must be “formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading” the executive order.

As an example, they said, students and lecturers would have a formal relationship, as would someone who accepted employment with an American company. But it would not apply to someone who “enters into a relationship simply to avoid” the executive order. For example, the order said, “a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion.”

Although the case doesn’t specifically involve refugee resettlement, Monday’s announcement will likely throw a major wrench into the resettlement process. Many refugees who are resettled in the U.S. come from the six targeted countries, so any who have been totally cleared for resettlement and were waiting to travel to the U.S. in the coming weeks will no longer be able to, unless they have family members here.
Lord... fix this

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