Supreme Court reinstates part of Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling on Monday that will allow President Trump to implement his travel ban against six Muslim majority nations - but only for visitors lacking ties to the United States.

Even without the ban in place, arrivals from the six countries has dropped sharply, in part due to the "extreme vetting" approach of U.S. authorities, toughening their scrutiny of visa applicants. The court will still take up the merits of the case but in the meantime, the temporary ban is more narrow than before.

CBS Local- The United States Supreme Court chose to allow parts of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban to go into effect immediately, while also allowing to hear arguments for and against it in October. But if a citizen of one of the aforementioned six countries has a family member in the United States, they can bypass this ban.

In Monday's ruling, the high court gave a few examples of connections that qualify. But they said they are anxious about other immigrants, including refugees who may be desperate for help but lack USA relations.

If U.S. universities have accepted students from one of the targeted countries, the students will be able to enter the U.S. and start their studies. It noted that Trump's executive order already allowed for case-by-case waivers for people with connections to the country.

Also, for the next 120 days, refugees without strong family ties to the United States will not be allowed into the country. For instance, an immigration agency can not add foreigners to client lists "and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion".

The court said it would examine the case in full in October but said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries "who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

"The interest in preserving national security is, 'an urgent objective of the highest order, '" the justices wrote.

Stephen Legomsky, chief counsel for US Citizenship and Immigration Services under former President Barack Obama, said lawsuits could claim that a bona fide relationship was ignored. "For individuals, a close familial relationship is required", the court said.

"In theory, you could say if somebody is coming for tourism and has made a reservation for a hotel, there's now a USA interest in bringing them to the United States".

Meanwhile, Natalie El-Deiry, deputy director of International Rescue Committee's Salt Lake office, which serves half of some 1,200 refugees ordinarily resettled in Utah each year, said the international nonprofit organization is reviewing the court's decision and "considering its immediate consequences to those we serve around the world and right here in Salt Lake City".

Some lawyers also said the vagueness of the "bona fide" standard was license for the Trump administration to interpret it broadly.

"The people for whom the stay was lifted ends up being a very small group", said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of IL. "Who is going to tell us what is the definition of 'bona fide relationship?'"

Protesters take part in a demonstration against President Trump's revised travel ban.

"We could have dozens of these cases between now and September", Vladeck said, adding that the Supreme Court would not be likely to weigh in on them on a case-by-case basis.

A Department of Homeland Security statement said the agency will provide additional details on implementation and that it "will be done professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry".

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