Published on June 26, 2017
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a split decision today, June 26, agreeing to uphold a limited version of President Trump’s Executive Order banning individuals from six mostly Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S. In October, the Supreme Court will consider the merits of the Executive Order, and essentially the scope of the President’s authority and powers over U.S. immigration matters. Specifically, the Supreme Court will allow the Trump Administration to impose a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States. The limited version of the ban can be enforced against nationals of the six countries subject to the ban who do not have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Individuals with a “bona fide relationship” would need to prove a close family relationship, such as individuals who seek to enter the U.S. to live with or visit a family member. For individuals who have a relationship with a U.S. entity, the relationship must be “formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course” and cannot be formed to evade the executive order; this would include students admitted to a U.S. university and individuals who have an offer of employment from a U.S. company.
Based upon prior statements by the President and the DOJ, the renewed ban could go into effect within 72 hours. The full Supreme Court decision can be found here.
The immigration attorneys at Ryan Swanson are closely monitoring the development and implementation of the reinstated limited travel ban and will provide updates regarding future changes. If you have questions about the reinstated travel ban or other immigration-related issues affecting you or your workforce, please contact our Immigration Group for assistance.
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