Praise, Criticism Of Supreme Court Decision On Temporary Travel Ban


The International Rescue Committee says it is still evaluating how the Court's ruling could affect refugee families scheduled to arrive in Dallas this week and next. Standing behind (from left) are Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The US Supreme Court announced on Monday (June 26) that it would decide whether President Trump's revised travel ban was lawful, setting the stage for a major decision on the scope of presidential power.

Even with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban, pending a hearing, the University is saying that students and faculty traveling overseas should have no issues getting to the University.

But it said the ban would not apply to visitors who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". It's a 90-day travel ban for citizens from those six countries, but there are some exceptions.

"That's a good thing that you're allowed to see your family or going in, but to be honest I still don't feel safe to go back", Darwish said.

Monday is the final day of the Supreme Court's term.

The Trump administration argued the temporary ban was needed to figure out a better vetting process, banning travel from nationals from those six countries for 90 days and refugees for 120 days.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that the Justice Department looks forward to defending President Donald Trump's travel ban.

"We are concerned that the resulting confusion and uncertainty will be exploited by the federal government to deny vulnerable individuals entry into this country", Holder said.

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While the ban itself did not single out Muslims, judges in lower courts had cited Trump's repeated statements during last year's presidential race that he meant to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Students who have been admitted to a USA university, workers who have accepted offers of employment with US companies, and lecturers invited to address an American audience: The Court provided these three examples of individuals who have credible claims of a bona fide relationship to an American entity.

Trump's initial executive order-handed down without warning a week after he took office in January-triggered mayhem at airports in the United States and overseas until it was blocked by the courts less than a week later.

The court's opinion explained the kinds of relationships people from the six countries must demonstrate to obtain a USA visa. "Hardly. In fact the court handed the government a sweeping, but no complete, defeat", the ACLU said in a statement.

"But when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States, for the reasons we have set out, the balance tips in favor of the Government's compelling need to provide for the Nation's security", the court said.

"We leave the injunctions entered by the lower courts in place with respect to respondents and those similarly situated, as specified in this opinion", the court wrote.

Trump had suffered a series of stinging judicial setbacks over the measure, with two federal appeals courts maintaining injunctions on the ban.

Anton Alzein with the Republican Syrian Lebanese Armenian American Coalition in Boca Raton said he has always supported the President's travel ban in order to increase national security.