Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Supreme Court Pre-Decision on Muslim Ban

The Supreme Court of the United States says it will allow a partial enforcement of President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees until it reviews it in October.


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 US to go into effect.

Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours.


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.

Not very helpful ruling, then, is it?
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that requiring officials to differentiate between foreigners who have connection to the US and those who do not will prove "unworkable".
I think Clarence got this one right.

And, by the way, how can the Supreme Court rule on something before it has reviewed it?

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

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