Protesters at the #NoMuslimBanEver march in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2017
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals largely allowed the Administration’s latest travel ban (its third attempt) to go into effect during further consideration of the litigation. The Executive Order would permanently ban travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries: Syria (both immigrants and non-immigrants), Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad and Somalia. The order had been blocked by federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland in September. The merits of the case will be heard in both circuits in December, where MFA is participating as a friend of the court.
Using the rationale of the Supreme Court order last summer, there will be an exemption for travelers from the banned countries with a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.,” such as those with relatives in the U.S. and those with jobs, business ties or connections to educational institutions.
Please note that the newly-imposed refugee ban is not subject to this litigation. It is being separately challenged.
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“Federal appeals court panel allows Trump’s third travel ban to partially take effect” [The Washington Post]