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Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to take effect

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect.  This verdict will ban people from entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries.  This is a big victory for President Trump and for the American people; many supporters of the travel ban believe that it will help strengthen national security.  The Supreme Court also announced that it will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.Travel Ban 3

According to a press release, 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”.  This wording is a bit complicated but it means that for a foreign national to enter the United States from one of these six countries, they have to prove that they have been granted a work visa or have been accepted as a student at a University.  This is what “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States” means.

Many people believe that the travel ban is needed and that it is a very important tool in

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national security.  Many other people believe that the travel ban discriminates against the Muslim religion.  But that is not correct, because nowhere in the travel ban does it say or refer to anything about religion.  The ban, which bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days — outside of the “bona fide” relationship exception — could take effect in as little as 72 hours.  These countries have been associated with supporting terrorism for many years.  That means that these countries were not randomly picked, they are countries that have supported terrorist activity and that have been closely monitored by the United States.

Travel Ban 2After the verdict was announced President Trump called the decision “a clear victory for our national security.”

“As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” he added in a statement. “I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order for a blanket 90-day ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees while the government implemented stronger vetting procedures.  His executive order was challenged by a lower court and this latest verdict did not approve the blanket 90-day ban or the 120-day ban on refugees.  The court only allowed a limited version of President Trump’s refugee ban and the ban, which bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

The focus of the travel ban was to prevent the entry of any people that could harm the United States.  Some of President Trump’s main concerns were attacks carried out by Islamist militants in cities like Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and other cities in and around Europe.  The threat of attacks in the United States is very real and it is something that should concern everybody.  The travel ban is not permanent, but denies and restricts entry of people from six countries that have been associated with terrorism.  The time that the ban is in place will allow the United States government to review and implement stronger vetting procedures that will ensure the safety and security of the American people.

In October, the court will make a final decision on whether the ban is lawful or not.  This final decision will be a major test of the presidential powers.

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