NewsFlash! Latest Travel Ban Blocked By Two Federal Courts18 Oct 2017
This morning, a federal judge in Maryland blocked the Trump Administration from enforcing the travel ban issued by executive order on September 24, 2017. This version of the travel ban was to apply to citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Chad, Yemen, and North Korea, along with some government officials from Venezuela. Per today’s order, the administration is temporarily prohibited from enforcing the travel ban against foreign nationals from these countries who have a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. “Bona fide relationship” has previously been defined to include a close relative, such as a spouse or parent, or an entity where the relationship is “…formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the [executive order].”
This injunction follows Tuesday’s ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii, who issued a temporary restraining order that prevents the travel ban from being enforced against any traveler from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, or Somalia, regardless of whether the person has any ties in the United States. Prospective travelers from North Korea and Venezuela, the other two countries on the latest travel ban list, were not covered by the Hawaii judge’s order.
The Trump Administration is expected to appeal both decisions. For the time being, however, the travel ban will not be enforced.
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