Albright: As an immigrant I am offended by Trump's travel ban

Michele Moreno
July 3, 2017

And so here we are, on a weekend celebrating freedom, with a presidential administration taking away freedom of travel for many people, and aggressively targeting individuals based merely on the fact that they come from places where one particular religion is dominant.

"People who are entering with already validly issued visas should have no problem entering at all", said immigration lawyer Talia Inlender. Fiancés were initially excluded and not considered a close familial relationship, but the department changed course when the ban took effect and allowed the exemption for fiancés as well.

On Monday, the Supreme Court revived parts of Trump's travel ban on people from the six Muslim-majority countries, narrowing the scope of lower court rulings that had blocked parts of a March 6 executive order and allowing his temporary ban to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States.

Global aid agencies like UNHCR have been seeking new details about the changes after the U.S. Supreme Court partially restored a travel ban sought by the administration.

Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department Wednesday said new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. Travelers will be required to show they have a close family or business tie to the United States.

Minutes before the ban went into effect, Hawaii, one of the states where a federal court struck down a version of the travel ban, filed a court challenge to the Trump administration's definition of this relationship, the Associated Press reported.

Trump said the Supreme Court's decision last week to allow the partial ban "a clear victory for our national security" and said that "as president, I can not allow people into our country who want to do us harm". U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are trained and prepared to professionally process in accordance with the laws of the United States persons with valid visas who present themselves for entry.

At some point, however, President Donald Trump's travel ban could begin to impact refugee resettlement in Utah, he said. Refugees are also affected by the ban.

Let's call the travel ban what it is: a Muslim ban.

Spindler said the United States, even if it takes in 50,000 refugees this year, would remain the world leader in resettlement.

A senior USA official did not answer directly when asked how barring grandparents or grandchildren would make the United States safer, but instead pointed to Trump's guidance to pause "certain travel while we review our security posture".

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