On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the Travel Ban cases when it reconvenes later this year, in October. The first Travel Ban (Executive Order 1) was announced on January 27, 2017, and was replaced by a second Travel Ban, issued by President Trump on March 6, 2017 (“Executive Order 2, or EO 2”); for more background on the ban, please see our blog here.
Until yesterday, President Trump’s EO 2 affecting 6 Muslim-majority countries had not been implemented anywhere in the U.S., as the ban was subject to injunctions by several district courts and circuit courts of appeals. Yesterday, however, the Supreme Court announced that it would allow the Trump administration to implement only parts of President Trump’s second executive order, which bans the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United States and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.
The Court ruled that the government can only enforce the travel ban against foreign nationals who do not have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Thus, it is important to note that the Court’s decision will not allow President Trump to ban as many individuals as his EO 2 sought to do; the Court placed limits on who President Trump and his immigration-related agencies can prevent from entering the U.S.
It is unclear from the ruling who will be allowed to enter the U.S., that is, who will be found to have a “credible claim” of a relationship with a U.S. business or person. It is likely that some people will be turned away from the U.S., even when they think they have presented such a credible claim.
Whose entry is more uncertain?
Who may have trouble entering the United States?
If you have a question about how the Travel Ban will affect you, your family, or your business, please schedule a consultation with our attorneys.
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