Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

Demonstrators yell slogans during anti Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. REUTERS  Charles Mostoller

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Trump's revised travel ban, leaving it in place for those from the six affected nations who would seek to come to America, but who have no connection to our country.

The Supreme Court is allowing travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the USA if they have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". It allows foreign nationals to come here, as long as they have a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.

"We grant the government's applications to stay the injunctions, to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement" of Trump's executive order "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

The main provision of the order as well as the previously issued first executive order that has received so much public discussion and media coverage over the past six months concerns suppressing entry into this country for 90 days of foreign nationals from the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalis, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

A 120-day ban on refugees also is being allowed to take effect on a similar, limited basis. He has railed against federal judges who have blocked the executive order.

But the justices said those who already have a connection to the USA - either a job offer, an admission to an educational program or a close family connection - will be exempted from the 90-day ban on travel from six countries as well as the 120-day pause on refugees.

The Supreme Court is usually reluctant to decide a case unless there are conflicting opinions in the circuit courts of appeal below.

"The Supreme Court in hearing this has essentially created a brand-new legal category", said Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that President Donald Trump's tra. This means that people from six countries and refugees who have a family, business or other relationships cannot be banned from entering.

'Under our immigration laws, the President has statutory discretion to suspend the entry of foreigners who pose a danger to the United States.

"Second, it puts real doubt once again on the 9th Circuit Court".

Such a compromise, he wrote, will lead to a "flood of litigation" over what constitutes a "bona fide relationship".

The Department of Homeland Security said in a communique that it will provide more details regarding implementation of the ban after consulting with the State and Justice Departments.

McDaniel says Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch, the high court's three most conservative members, support Trump's policy and want the ban to go further by going into effect immediately.

"Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban", Jadwat said.

Trump hailed the high court's decision as a "victory for national security", but it's likely to set off a new round of court disputes about anti-terror efforts and religious discrimination.