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  • US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump Muslim ban case (Al Jazeera, Jun. 26 2017)

    “Trump's executive order suspends new visas being issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. It also partly allows a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect.

    Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.

    In agreeing to hear the case later this year, the Supreme Court is allowing parts of the order to go ahead.

    Specifically, the court said the executive order would be enforced on foreign nationals who did not have a ‘credible claim of a bona fide relationship’ with a US person or organisation.

    In effect, that means that individuals from the designated countries who have never been to the US before or lacked a relationship with an American or American organisation could still have their visa denied during the three-month period.

    But what a ‘bona fide relationship’ exactly constitutes is a matter of dispute.”

  • US sets new criteria for travel ban against Muslims (PressTV, Jun. 29 2017)

    “The administration of US President Donald Trump has defined new criteria for visa applicants from several Muslim countries and is set to implement them on Thursday, according to a US State Department memo.

    Under the department’s new set of rules, citizens of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen would be given a US visa only if they have a ‘close’ family or business tie there.

    The visa applicants, along with refugees from all countries awaiting admission to the US, should prove that they have at least one US-based parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in order to be allowed in.

    The list excludes extended family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, fiancées/fiancés.

    Business ties were required to be ‘formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading’ the travel ban, the memo noted.

    The new instructions, introduced on Wednesday, were put together by senior officials from the departments of state, justice and homeland security departments.”

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