Supreme Court Cancels Travel Ban Hearing Date, Orders Both Sides to Reassess

Posted September 26, 2017

The proclamation imposes the most severe restrictions on Syria and North Korea, which Mr. Trump says fail to cooperate with the United States in any respect. On Twitter, he added: "Making America Safe is my number one priority".

Venezuela on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of conducting "political terrorism" through travel restrictions on eight countries including the socialist-run South American nation, which is already at loggerheads with Washington.

In an email to Reuters, Saikrishna Prakash, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, said that this may make the new version of the ban more hard to fight in court, because it explicitly claims to be based on a global review of foreign countries' security capabilities.

"We can not afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country", he said.

Trump's new order directs travel restrictions to stay in place until the named countries work to meet certain baseline security requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security - metrics that could be unattainable for countries without the proper technological advancements. For those visitors affected by the changed restrictions, the new rules will go into effect October 18, according to the proclamation. The fact that Trump has added North Korea - with few visitors to the US - and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban. Those who already have permanent residency or already hold visas are exempted from the ban, but can not renew their visas after they expire.

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Several federal courts blocked the ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court passed it to take effect from June with some new changes.

Unlike the very first order, which caused great chaos at airports and generated much fear about people lawfully in the United States being deported, the new order does not affect permanent legal residents or those with valid visas (e.g., student and employee visas), at least until such visas expire.

In a March article, we reported that President Trump had signed an executive order on March 6 "to protect the Nation from terrorist activities by foreign nationals admitted to the United States", but that the order differed from an earlier order restricting travel to the United States that Trump had signed on January 27.

The new policy could also complicate the Supreme Court's upcoming review of the order, which is scheduled for argument next month. First, the restrictions are the product of an extensive country-by-country review of cooperation with US requests for information on possible terrorist suspects, and of technical capabilities to screen travelers. The administration, the court said, could not block from entering the country those with a "bona fide" connection to the United States, such as family members or those with firm offers of employment.

The Supreme Court has not dropped hearings on the two cases against the travel ban and refugee ban all together. It also might be less easily tied to Trump's campaign-trail statements some courts viewed as biased against Muslims.