Travel Ban: Should I Be Worried?
July 18, 2017 | Napoli Shkolnik News
In January of 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that has since become known as the “travel ban,” as it blocked the entry into the United States for those from certain African and Middle Eastern countries, including Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, including Syrian refugees. As federal judges acted to halt the travel ban from going into effect and protests erupted across the nation, Trump revised the order, and issued a new order in March. The new order barred foreigners from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days and refugees for 120 days. .
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that they would in fact hear the travel ban case, but made it clear that the United States could not prohibit any person who had a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. from entering. The oral arguments are scheduled for the fall and will center around whether the travel ban violates the United States Constitution.
The Supreme Court had intervened and partially revived two bans, which had been blocked by lower courts.
The Travel Ban Today
Today, the travel ban prevents those without a bona fide relationship from entering the U.S. Per the Trump administration, a bona fide relationship means parents, children, son- and daughter-in-laws, and step siblings of those in the United States, but not grandparents, nieces, nephews, or cousins. Those who need to travel to the U.S. for business or university purposes are permitted to do so, if they can provide required documentation.
United States District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the travel ban did not apply to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies. President Donald Trump’s administration has asked the Supreme Court justices to overturn the Hawaii-based U.S. district judge’s decision.
Should I Be Worried?
Many people who are currently living in the United States are afraid to leave, and others who do have a bona fide relationship with those in the U.S.–whether that meets Trump’s definition or not–are afraid to enter. This fear is well-founded; being unable to enter the United States, for those who have built lives here, is a terrifying idea. At this time, what the Supreme Court will decide when it begins hearing arguments in October is impossible to know. In the meantime, talk to an attorney to understand your rights and options.
How Can We Help?
Do you need assistance with a legal matter? Our attorneys have the experience needed to guide you in the right direction.