This Morning’s Court Decision on #MuslimBan and What It Means
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially changed the lower courts’ decisions on the Muslim Ban 2.0 cases. The Supreme Court did three main things:
- Full Case: The full case will be decided in the fall of 2017, but they have partially lifted the pause button on the Ban that lower courts put in place.
- 90 day travel restriction: A 90 day travel restriction on certain visa holders from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. will start on Thursday, June 29th. *Bona fide relationship is a sort of close familial relationship and is explained below.
- Refugee program: Starting Thursday, June 29th, refugees who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. will be affected by the Ban.
According to President Trump’s June 14, 2017 memo, the Ban goes back into effect “72 hours after all applicable injunctions are lifted or stayed,” which would be June 29, 2017, around 6:30 a.m. PST. This situation is evolving, so please check back with our organizations frequently to hear updates.
Who Is Now Affected by Muslim Ban 2.0?
Travel Restriction for Nationals of Six Countries
- The six countries affected by the Ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
- Visa holders from these countries must show a bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity in the U.S., or else they can be stopped from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
- U.S. citizens and Green card holders (also known as Lawful Permanent Residents) are not affected.
- Dual nationals who enter the U.S. using a passport from a non-affected country will not be targeted.
- For example, if a dual citizen of Iran and the U.K. travels to the U.S. on his U.K. passport, s/he will not be affected by the Ban.
- There may be a waiver process which will provide for an exception to the Ban but there is no information available about it at this time.
- Starting June 29th, 2017, there will be a 120-day halt of the entire refugee program; refugees will not be able to come into the U.S. during that time unless they have “bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity” in the U.S.
- A bona fide relationship with a person requires a “close familial relationship” to someone in the U.S.
- U.S. entities can include schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, and employers. Others may also qualify.
How to Get Legal Help?
You can contact our organizations if:
- You or someone you know are impacted by this executive order with a specific case and are seeking legal advice and assistance
- Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Minnesota (Somali Translation Available)
Immigrant Law Center
(800) 223-1368 (No student/business visas.)
Mid-MN Legal Assistance/Legal Aid Society
The Advocates for Human Rights
Southern MN Regional Legal Svcs: Refugee, Immigrant & Migrant
Legal Services of Minnesota
(Only able to help clients with legal status.)