Effective Thursday night, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban will go into effect, with refugees and immigrants coming from 6 muslim countries subject to new visa restrictions.
The Supreme Court partially restored Trump’s executive order on Monday, finally, after months of legal battles across the states.
The new revised plan has 90-day ban on new visa applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen if they can’t prove they have a close relationship someone living in the US (like a spouse) or an entity (like a school or job).
The Daily Mail reports:
A refugee from any country can be banned for 120 days if they can’t establish such a close relationship.
Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked.
A parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States will be accepted as a close relationship under the new rules.
Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all US embassies and consulates late on Wednesday.
The new rules take effect at 8pm EDT on Thursday.
As far as business or professional links are concerned, the State Department said a legitimate relationship must be ‘formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading’ the ban.
Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the US would be exempt from the ban.
The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules, the cable said.
The ban will strictly enforce that there be a legitimate contact, and hotels, or car rental contracts do not count.
There will be exemptions for many cases, such as children seeking medical care, or adoptions. These will be on a case by case basis, but will heavily be approved with proper vetting.
Liberals are still somehow upset, despite the ban being very humane and non-discriminatory. Human rights groups have stated that they will be keeping an eye on the ban to make sure people don’t get rejected because of ‘arbitrary’ reasons.
However, for now, we can call this a Trump win!