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Supreme Court allows partial implementation of travel ban

WASHINGTON (SE): The Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) delivered a mixed ruling on June 26 that will allow a partial implementation of the controversial travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries of the president, Donald Trump, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
 
The court ruled that a complete ban went too far, and it only blocked that part affecting those with standing to challenge Trump’s executive order in US courts and that some foreign nationals would be barred from entering the country, but decisions would be made depending on the applicant’s previous relationships with a person or institution in the US. 
 
Some called the decision a watered-down version of what the administration is seeking.
 
The court said that the proposed ban may have violated the rights of US citizens, universities and businesses by preventing them from bringing in their relatives, students and employees from overseas. It said the ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” the court said, but “all other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of (the executive order).” Meaning a person with family or a connection with an organisation, such as a university or employer, is not affected.
 
The US Catholic bishops have opposed the ban and its revision, CNS reports, particularly because of the provision that suspends entry of all refugees for at least four months.
 
Bishop Joe Vasquez, chairperson of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said in March, “We remain deeply troubled by the human consequences of the revised executive order on refugee admissions and the travel ban.”
 
In a partial dissent on the ruling, one justice, Clarence Thomas, said he worried that “the court’s remedy will prove unworkable” and “compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding—on peril of contempt—whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country.”

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