Changes to Trump Travel Ban
The Trump Administration may soon be replacing the current travel ban with a country-specific set of restrictions. In June, the Supreme Court allowed the government to begin enforcing the 90-day travel ban against individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who had no bona-fide relationship to the United States. The 90-day ban will expire on September 24. The 120-day ban on refugees also went into effect in June. The Administration also did not say whether the six countries covered under the travel ban would be affected by the changes nor did it give any indication of how many countries could be covered by the new rules.
The Supreme Court plans to hear the full travel ban case on October 10, over two weeks from now. It is not yet clear whether the decision will affect the refugee program, which also faced significant reductions as a result of the executive order. Though the final decision has not yet been publicized, the process appears to be much more deliberate and thoughtful than the initial rollout of the travel ban, which led to mass confusion and legal challenges from several fronts. The Department of Homeland Security’s recently finalized classified report on screening foreign travelers may support anticipated changes to the travel ban.
However, substituting a new ban could change the dynamics of the original proposition, potentially making the case before the Supreme Court moot or leading to a remand of the case for further hearing at the lower court level. The new restrictions are expected to be open-ended and based upon the DHS review and identification of countries with deficient security standards. More than six countries may have been identified. Additional countries could be added to the banned list, others could be removed, and still others might become subject to certain visa restrictions.
If you have any questions regarding the proposed changes to the travel ban or any other immigration related questions, please feel free to call Buda Law Group.
John B. Buda, Esq.
1201 W. Huntington Dr. Suite 209
Arcadia, CA 91007