President Donald Trump managed to secure a partial travel ban victory, despite intense legal pressure against the last two attempts. Previous attempts largely failed after intense lobbying from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who called the bans discriminatory against people of Muslim origin. This version of the ban strips back particularly contentious content and prevents people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States in all but the most specific circumstances. Both the ACLU and several state entities continue to call the ban unlawful, claiming it violates the American Constitution by unfairly targeting people of a specific race or religion.
Key Facts About the Travel Ban Victory
- Although the ACLU and several other entities believe the travel ban is unjust, racist, and bigoted, there is evidence to show that this isn’t true. Administration leaders have pointed out that the travel ban doesn’t come close to naming every Muslim-majority country – and countries not on the list retain access. This includes Indonesia, India, and Egypt.
- Trump released his first proposed travel ban in January. It was swiftly blocked by the courts after intense lobbying and appeals on the basis of discrimination. The POTUS’ second attempt, released in March, expired waiting for approval.
- Hawaii has challenged the current bill before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sometime. The ACLU is also arguing against the case, in front of the The 4th U.S. Circuit. The results of both cases could cause the current ban to be repealed if they succeed.
- Unlike previous bans, this iteration of the travel ban allows people from affected countries to apply for access. Legitimate reasons for requesting access include visas for tourism, business travel, education, and special individual waivers.
- The bill also contains a clause that prevents people from North Korea from traveling freely to the United States. This does not affect current landed defectors who are present in the United States under the refugee program.
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If it were up to you, would you allow more or less people into the United States?