In what can be viewed as a partial success for President Trump, the Supreme Court has now upheld restrictions on refugees coming into the United States for a temporary period. With this decision, the Court has given partial success to Trump who has been pushing for a complete ban on people coming in from specific nations.
Grandparents ban not accepted
While the travel ban has been partially accepted, for now, the court has held that the ban will not apply to those people who have grandchildren or other relatives living on American soil. This allowance will hold until the other legal issues surrounding the travel ban are sorted out. An unsigned order was issued by judges outlining their stance that the part of the ruling made by a Hawaiian judge focusing the travel ban to people from six nations would remain in place.
'Credible claim' factor
The judges have brought back the travel ban now for those people who do NOT have a 'credible claim' of some kind of relationship with a person living in the U.S. There is some ambiguity about who is considered a close relative under the new rules and this has the potential to cause troubles for travelers at airports. Federal District Court Judge Derrick Watson clarified last week that the list of relatives allowed has to necessarily include grandparents of those living in the U.S.
Hawaiian lawyers criticize the assertion
Leading from the court order on the travel ban, lawyers in Hawaii have protested against the court stance that the new rules support the refugee resettlement obligation of the U.S. They have pointed out that only 24,000 refugees have the assurance of assistance from an agency dealing with resettlement and these people are protected by the law. However, the 175,000 refugees who do not yet have this formal assurance is left high and dry by this new rule. This is their main reason for opposing the travel ban proposed by President Trump.
They also point out that the family members who form the extended family of those living in the U.S. are not protected against the travel ban. This could mean that several of these refugees who have genuine reasons to come to the U.S. may be prevented by the new rules. The supreme court ruling allowing a partial ban to remain has underlined that the court feels Trump's travel ban has its good points, and this is alarming for refugees.