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Trump travel ban can be enforced, says US Supreme Court

06 Diciembre 2017, 02:53 | Bibiana Flor

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Image Evan Vucci

This afternoon, in a pair of short orders, the Supreme Court ruled that the latest version of the so-called "travel ban" can go into effect.

They argued that countries included in the ban had not cooperated with US demands for reliable identification of individuals and information sharing about people who could be criminal or security risks.

The ban means that the United States would categorically refuse entry visas to prospective travelers from the countries of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, plus North Korea and Venezuela. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit imposed a similar freeze on the order while the government appeals the Hawaii judge's ruling, but that didn't go far enough for the federal government, which went to the Supreme Court last month seeking to implement the entire ban.

However, the new decision upholds the lower court judges' previous ruling that nationals from the countries affected by the ban are allowed in if they have a close relative in the US, such as spouses, parents, siblings (including step- and half-siblings), children, sons, or daughters-in-law. "Closing the doors to refugees whose very lives are at stake has echoes of when the United States refused to provide refuge and turned away Jews fleeing the Nazi Holocaust during World War II".

After all, the constitution forbids discriminating on the basis of religion, and the Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality and place of birth. Legal challenges against the ban are continuing.

From there, the ban made its way to the Supreme Court, where the justices deferred to the administration and its claims that it requires leeway to keep the country safe. The U.S. Department of State issued guidance in September that the ban would not affect people already in the country on a valid visa.

The court's order said the appeals courts should decide the cases "with appropriate dispatch".

The travel ban has been one of Trump's most contentious policies throughout his presidency. "Whatever the courts say, the Muslim Ban is inhumane and discriminatory". Don't think that because North Korea and Venezuela are on the list of banned countries that this is anything other than a Muslim ban.

The chief U.N. human rights official said Myanmar's security forces may have committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reported.

Monday's decision doesn't necessarily mean the Supreme Court will again side with the Trump administration should it consider the ban in the future, Tumlin told Newsweek. Ahmed Ali Saleh, speaking from his exile in the United Arab Emirates, vowed to push the Houthi rebels that killed his father out of Yemen.

Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, said his Jewish immigrant advocacy group was disappointed that the justices did not explain their decision. The first of these occurred on January 28, when U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly ruled in favor of a petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport the previous day under the first executive order.

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