Starting today, Thursday, June 29th, portions of Donald Trump’s revised travel ban will go into effect.
This new ban requires that applicants must show they have a relationship with a family member who lives in the United States in order to enter, such as a parent, spouse, sibling, child, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.
The ban states that if you have a fiancee/fiance, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-law, sister-in-law or other extended family members, you will not be permitted into the U.S.
If you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen or Sudan, and don’t have a close relationship with anyone in the United States, you are banned for 90 days. If you are a refugee from another country, you will be banned for 120 days.
So who is spared from this ban? U.S. Citizens, green card holders, current visa holders, any visa applicant in the United States as of June 26th, those attending a school in the U.S., refugees already in the U.S., and anyone working for a company in the United States.
The reason behind this ban is because Trump feels these six countries pose as a threat to Americans. The ban states that, “Each of these countries is a state sponsor of terrorism, and has been significantly compromised by terrorist organizations, or contains active conflict zones.” The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the travel ban in October.