“We expect the Executive Order to go into effect at 8 pm tomorrow evening. The impact at the ports will be minimal, because all individuals already in possession of valid visas will be authorized to travel.”
– The Customs and Border Patrol Port Director at JFK International Airport in NY, on June 28, 2017.
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that parts of the Executive Order by the Trump Administration known as the “Travel Ban” will become active. This will temporarily prevent people from the six nations included (Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Yemen) and refugees from entering the U.S. unless they have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. To clarify, the Supreme Court said “for individuals, a close familial relationship is required” and “as for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course.” Individuals who are students at a U.S. university or workers with an offer of employment in the U.S. will still be allowed entry into the country. Additionally, “a non-profit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion,” as a means of establishing a relationship with a U.S. entity to evade the order.