On June 26th, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to allow part of the Presidential Travel Executive Order, otherwise known as the “Muslim Ban”, to temporarily go into effect. This will affect foreign nationals who cannot credibly claim a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” While there are individuals seeking entry into the United States that have such existing relationships, there are many who do not, including refugees and other at risk groups. Moreover, the Court did not specify what establishing bona fide entails, which could lead to confusion and uneven implementation of the law at various points of entry.
While this Court’s decision is temporary–the Court will pass final judgement in October–it sends the wrong signal and may allow xenophobia and islamophobia to drive decisions by our border protection agencies rather than national security. The Muslim Ban applies to 6 countries, but more could be added to the list. This temporary ban will go into effect on June 29th, 2017. We look forward to seeing this unconstitutional and discriminatory policy refuted and ultimately defeated.
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