U.S. issues new guidelines for controversial travel ban

The effect is that citizens of the affected countries with a close relative in the USA, such as a spouse, parent, child or sibling, will potentially be allowed in.Not making the cut are grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other “extended family members”.He spoke days after the Trump administration, acting after the Supreme Court partially restored Trump’s travel ban executive order, set new criteria barring entry to the US for some citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.The Trump administration claims the temporary ban is necessary to keep terrorists out of the country, but immigrant advocates charge that it illegally singles out Muslims.Regarding any business related trips, the relationship must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the objective of evading” the travel ban. journalists, students and lecturers who have formal invitations or employment contracts would be exempt from the ban.The supreme court’s decision on Monday revived Mr Trump’s March order that bars entry to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Determining who must be exempted for having the “bona fide” connections mandated by the court has occupied officials from the department of homeland security, the state department and the justice department since the ruling was issued.”Yesterday evening the Department of State issued a cable which provided a little bit of guidance, particularly as it pertains to students”, says Karen Pita Loor, a clinical associate professor of law at Boston University with a specialization in immigration law and policy.Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic spoke to travelers Thursday at Miami International Airport who are for and against the ban.The carrier reminded passengers that they “must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid USA entry visa, in order to travel”.The ban is entering into force because of a Supreme Court opinion this week. Dubai-based Emirates, which ranks as the world’s biggest long-haul airline and has U.S. flights originating from some of the affected countries, said its United States services were operating as usual.The Middle East’s largest airline, Dubai-based Emirates, said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it “remains guided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on this matter”.Immigration rights activists and lawyers said they would be on hand at major U.S. airports ready to help arrivals and ensure those with valid visas were allowed in.The court also approved a 120-day ban on refugees entering the United States, allowing the government to bar entry to refugee claimants who can not prove the same ties to an American individual or entity.”The pause is not needed because the vetting process is so thorough already”, said Anne Richard, a former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration.The Trump administration has countered that refugees may pose a security risk. He said other countries should take more of the burden.