Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to take effect

Jun 26, 2017

By Ariane de Vogue

The Supreme Court Monday allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.

The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.” The court, in an unsigned opinion, left the travel ban against citizens of six majority-Muslim on hold as applied to non-citizens with relationships with persons or entities in the United States, which includes most of the plaintiffs in both cases.
Examples of formal relationships include students accepted to US universities and an employee who has accepted a job with a company in the US, the court said.
This is the first time the high court has weighed in on the travel ban, and a partial victory for the Trump administration, which has been fighting lower court rulings blocking the ban from taking effect. Justices did not address Trump’s tweets which have caused legal problems for his administration previously.

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  • @OP- The Supreme Court Monday allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.
    The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.”


    A federal court in Michigan has blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis living in the US who have been targeted in recent immigration raids.

    US District Judge Mark Goldsmith expanded an order he issued last week, initially halting the removal of 114 Iraqi nationals from the Detroit area.

    He sided with immigration advocates who argue the detainees face persecution or death if returned to Iraq.

    The move comes as the US Supreme Court reinstated parts of a US travel ban.

    Judge Goldsmith ruled in favour of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said those being deported – many of whom are Chaldean Catholics, Sunni Muslims or Iraqi Kurds – faced physical danger in Iraq.

    “Such harm far outweighs any interest the Government may have in proceeding with the removals immediately,” he wrote in a seven-page opinion and order.

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  • Meanwhile, damage continues to international relations and female emancipation in Muslim states!

    An all-girl team of roboticists from Afghanistan will watch their creations compete in a US competition via Skype after being denied entry visas.

    President Trump recently ordered a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries, but Afghanistan was not included on the list.

    Teams from Iran, Sudan and Syria – which are on the list – did manage to enter the country.
    The girls said they did not know why they had not been given visas.

    A US State Department official said it could not discuss individual cases. A team from The Gambia also failed to gain visas.

    The six-member team will watch their ball-sorting robot compete in Washington DC via a video link from their hometown of Herat, in western Afghanistan.

    “We still don’t know the reason why we were not granted visas, because other countries participating in the competition have been given visas,” Fatemah Qaderyan, 14, told Reuters.

    She was one of the team members who made two journeys to the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to apply for their papers.

    Team-mate Lida Azizi, 17, said: “All of the countries can participate in the competitions, but we can’t. So it’s a clear insult for the people of Afghanistan.”
    The First Global competition has seen teams from 164 countries compete in a series of robotic games.

    The non-profit organisation aims to promote Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

    A group of Afghan girls based in the US will represent the team, and the Skype call will be broadcast on a big screen at the event.

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  • Trump’s inability to identify immigrants from countries whose citizens have actually been involved in terrorism in the US, while ignoring countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, whose citizen have been actively involved in terrorism, could be partially attributed to the geographically uneducated staff appointed to work in the White House!

    A formal statement from the White House was issued with a very public error – mixing up China and Taiwan.

    A press release following Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit called him president “of the Republic of China”.

    That is the official name of Taiwan. Mr Xi is, in fact, President of the People’s Republic of China.

    Earlier, the White House had also labelled Shinzo Abe president of Japan. He is the prime minister.

    The online version of the statement on China now simply refers to “President Xi of China”, and the Japan statement has also been corrected.

    Social media users were quick to point out the error, which many feel should be obvious to government officials.

    . . . the error, which many feel should be obvious to competent professional government officials. – Hardly applicable to Trump appointees! 🙂

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  • Once again Trump’s stooges, recruited in place of professionals, illustrate their incompetence at interpreting legal documents – if they bother to look at them at all!

    Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of ‘close relative’

    Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump’s travel ban, a judge has ruled.

    The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump’s immigration crackdown.

    The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly.

    That decision, made last month, partly reinstated the ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.

    It said only those with “bona fide” family ties would be let into the US.

    But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

    Judge Watson, however, disagreed – and ordered that those restrictions should not be enforced.

    The judge condemned the government’s definition of a close relative as “unduly restrictive”.

    “Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members”, he wrote.

    Mr Trump’s ban on travel to the US for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been controversial since its announcement.

    The Supreme Court is still considering the current version of the law, and allowed a temporary ban to come into effect in June pending their full judgement.

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  • So while immigrants are being deported from the USA and Trump has delusions about Mexicans paying for a wall – because of illegal immigrants passing through Mexico to the USA, perhaps Canada can come up with a plan for the US to pay for a wall 🙂

    Montreal is temporarily opening its Olympic Stadium as a shelter to host a sudden increase in asylum seekers arriving from the US.

    More than 4,300 people have crossed into Canada seeking refugee status since January.

    The majority of those have crossed into the province of Quebec, straining resources of government and community groups.

    The stadium received the request for space last Friday.

    Asylum seekers began to be moved into the building, one of Montreal’s most well-known landmarks, on Wednesday morning.

    Canada has seen a significant increase in the number of people crossing illegally into the country between official points of entry and seeking asylum.

    Over 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June.

    Calls have been made to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, under which refugee claimants are required to request protection in the first safe country they arrive in.

    It is a policy meant to better manage refugee claims and to avoid so-called “asylum shopping” between countries.

    But it is also among the reasons the asylum seekers are avoiding trying to come to Canada at official ports of entry.

    Is the US a safe country for migrants?

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    US President Donald Trump’s latest bid to impose travel restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the US has suffered a court defeat.

    A federal judge slapped a temporary restraining order on the open-ended ban before it could take effect this week.

    The state of Hawaii sued in Honolulu to block Mr Trump’s third version, which was set to go into effect early on Wednesday.

    US District Judge Derrick Watson, who blocked Mr Trump’s last travel ban in March, issued the new restraining order.

    In Hawaii, Judge Watson decided that the new policy “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor”.

    The ban is also facing court challenges from Maryland, Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon and New York.

    Trump learns nothing, and tries again to sell the same rubbish product in new packaging!

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  • Just to make the legal position clear – regardless of stooge Sessions comments, a second judge has reached the same conclusion!

    Trump’s latest travel ban blocked by second federal judge

    Two previous iterations of the ban targeted six Muslim-majority countries, and were widely referred to by Trump officials as a “Muslim ban”.

    On Wednesday – the day the measure was meant to take effect, a coalition of Muslim and civil rights groups plan to march from the White House to the Trump Hotel and then on to the headquarters of Customs and Border Patrol agency.

    Mr Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, told a group of senators that the president’s “order is lawful, necessary, and we are proud to defend it”.

    The Maryland decision came after a judge in Hawaii ruled that the revised policy was fulfilling Mr Trump’s campaign promise for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, despite the addition of North Korea and Venezuela.

    US District Judge Derrick Watson, who blocked Mr Trump’s last travel ban in March, issued the Tuesday’s restraining order on the grounds that the president did not have the powers under federal immigration law to impose such restrictions.

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