The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing on the case in October. However, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that the government can not ban people if they have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. People looking for travel visas or refuge without US connections will not be granted entry. The clarification follows a Supreme Court stay of a 9th circuit block of Trump's March executive order that largely re-implemented the administration's intended travel ban.
Q When does this take effect? . Anyone with a "bona fide relationship" with a person or organization in America will be allowed to enter, as will anyone who already has a valid visa to enter the United States.
That's because Trump's order only sought to halt travelers from the six countries for 90 days, to give the administration time to review the screening procedures for those visa applicants. Although the justices partially lifted lower courts' injunctions on Trump's ban, they said they would take up the case fully in their October term.
Needless to say, the case is of great importance as to the limits of the Trump administration's powers, and given the Trump administration's anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
With the order likely to go into effect later this week, 72 hours after it was handed down by the court in Washington, immigration lawyers are seeking information about what constitutes "a bona fide relationship" and who would make such decisions. Refugees from these countries would be denied entry for a period of 120 days.
President Trump said that the Supreme Court decision was "a clear victory for our national security". For now, justices said that the order can only affect those who don't have ties to the U.S. People with family, job offers or other affiliations to American entities can still come. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive", wrote Trump. If the relationship is with a person, it must be a close familial relationship.
Non-U.S. citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will still be granted entry to the U.S. if they have family here, work here or go to school here.
Collins said "the real win is that it's allowing the ban to continue" on a smaller scale.
That includes foreign nationals with familial connections in the USA, students who have already been admitted into an American university, workers with existing job offers in the US and lecturers who have accepted invitations to conferences in the U.S. The court's opinion explained the kinds of relationships people from the six countries must demonstrate to obtain a USA visa.
In a written release the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) said that it is now reviewing the decision with an eye toward assisting travel agents to comply with the order.
Ferguson has been a staunch critic of the travel ban, successfully suing and blocking Trump's first version of the travel ban.
The ban has been in and out of the court systems since its inception January 27.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal of the so-called travel ban after several federal courts blocked it. To the Ninth Circuit the government argued that the circuit had engaged in, as the Supreme Court put it, "judicial second-guessing of the President's judgement on a matter of national security". The Supreme Court has asked for more arguments about whether the challenges to the travel restriction became moot in June.
Implementing the ban may cause chaos at airports, experts warn.