Author:- Priyanka Yadav.
The Trump administration moved aggressively on Thursday to fulfill one of the president’s most contentious campaign promises, banning entry into the United States by refugees from around the world and prohibiting most visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The Trump administration’s revised ban went into effect at 8:00 p.m. ET Thursday, prohibiting people from from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days, and almost all refugees for 120 days, unless they were issued a valid visa, or they have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
Officials said those exceptions would be defined narrowly. In a lengthy cable sent to embassies and consulates around the world, officials said that extended family connections would not be enough to evade the president’s ban on entry. Parents, including in-laws, are considered “close family,” but grandparents are not, for instance. Stepsiblings and half-siblings will be allowed, but not nieces or nephews.
Late Thursday, the Trump administration added people who are engaged to be married — who originally were not considered to be close family members — to the list of sufficient connections.
The cable further provides that affected foreign nationals with significant business ties to American entities may lawfully enter the country, on the condition that all such claims are “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading.” Students, journalists and workers may apply for a visa under this exemption, according to the AP.
U.S. citizens, green card holders, current visa holders, visa applicants inside the U.S. prior to June 26, and dual nationals from the affected countries are also exempt from the ban.
The decision Thursday by the administration to revive and aggressively enforce another version of the president’s travel ban is certain to keep the intense debate about America’s borders going into the Supreme Court’s fall term, when the justices are scheduled to decide the legal fate of Mr. Trump’s efforts to restrict entry by particular groups.