Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

How long is 90 days?

How long is 90 days?

It was indefinitely blocked back in March, but now US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban is back - in parts. The court will let a limited version of the travel ban from six mostly muslim countries take effect before hearing full arguments in October. It allows foreign nationals to come here, as long as they have a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.

In a statement, President Trump called the decision a "clear victory for our national security". The court detailed several categories of foreign nationals who should be allowed into the United States: people with a "close familial relationship" to someone in the United States; students admitted to a university in the United States; workers who has accepted an offer of employment from a company in the United States; and lecturers invited to speak to an American audience. The travel ban also caps the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S.at 50,000 a year.

President Trump's revised travel ban will be tested this fall at the Supreme Court.

Although the decision of the Supreme Court was per curiam, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neal Gorsuch, added an opinion in which he expressed his view that the executive order should have been upheld in its entirety.

"It preserves the authority of the Supreme Court to say what the law is even though, by its own terms, it fails to say what the law is".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't really do Twitter but sometimes visits the site to check out what U.S. President Donald Trump has to say.

"This is a complete defeat for the extremists on the other side", he said, "including some of the other courts who stuck the whole thing down and didn't bother to think about whether people who have no contact with the US even have the right to raise this". They include a foreign national who wishes to live with, or visit, a family member, a student who has been admitted by a university or a worker with an offer of employment from a U.S. business.

The nation's highest court took a more nuanced view, allowing the ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and the suspension of the refugee program.

"The Supreme Court revived President Trump's extreme vetting travel ban Monday, ruling that much of it can go into effect - and along the way delivering an implicit rebuke to the army of lower-court judges who blasted the president as anti-Muslim".

Lavinia Limon, CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, told the Associated Press she was dismayed by the ruling, but insisted that her agency has "an existing relationship with incoming refugees, certified and arranged through the Department of State". "Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban".

His administration's implementation plans, largely orchestrated by White House adviser Stephen Miller, focus on refusing entry to people who are unable to show a substantial and pre-existing tie to a person or institution in the United States.

The State Department said it would begin enforcing the travel ban "in a professional, organised, and timely way" within 72 hours, in line with a memorandum signed by Trump earlier this month.

There is confusion as to what constitutes "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

The country's top court ruled in favor (partially) of the US government's request to do away with preliminary injunctions against ban.

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