'Deporting' Trump

June 28, 2017


Banned Again


The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated parts of President Donald Trump's travel ban from majority-Muslim countries on Monday, according to the New York Times. The court will hear oral arguments in October, so the ban—with specific limits of power—will temporarily be in effect until at least the fall.


Two lower courts blocked the ban earlier this year, and SCOTUS then agreed to review both cases. The ban has big implications for Texas, which has the largest Muslim population in the U.S. and is a national leader in refugee resettlement. Trump's executive order banned new visas for people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days and iced the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days. Right after the ban first went into effect in January, there was chaos at airports across Texas, where attorneys, protesters, and family members gathered to try to secure the release of people who were detained, including children and elderly women.


The ban also tore apart Texas families, stranding spouses and parents overseas while their loved ones were in America. SCOTUS's main limit on the ban in allowing it to continue is that it can no longer be imposed on anyone with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."


That's pretty vague, and it remains to be seen how this ban will actually play out for people from the effected countries attempting to enter the U.S. in airports and border crossing points across the country.


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