Trump’s Travel Ban 2.0 Went Into Effect Thursday Evening

Ensuing several months of court deliberation, Donald Trump’s allegedly attenuated and heavily revised version of the travel ban went into effect Thursday night at 8pm.

According to the logistics of the travel ban, if you cannot sufficiently prove a personal or “bona fide” relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, and Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan and an indefinite 120 days if you are refugee from any country.

For instance, a reservation for a resort or hotel would not be considered a “bona fide relationship,” under the travel ban. According to the Supreme Court, “In practical terms, this means that §2(c) 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.” However, an exemption is extended if an academic speaker is invited to the US.

Some other exemptions include: US citizens, current visa holders, dual residents, green card holders, anyone granted asylum, visa applicants who were located in the US as of June 26, 2017, refugees already admitted to the US, foreigners with “bona fide” family, business, or educational relationships in the U.S.

The reasoning behind such an extreme executive order has been argued about for the past few months. On his initial campaign trail, President Donald Trump rallied for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” that planned on entering the US.

There are many civil-rights organizations challenging the implementation of the travel ban. Omar Jadwat, director of the immigrants’ rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union stated, “It’s going to be really important for us to make sure the government abides by the terms of the order and does not try to use it as a backdoor into implementing the full- scale Muslim ban.” This new law will indefinitely change the lives of many citizens and their loved ones from these countries forever.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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