A federal appeals court in California on Monday allowed President Trump’s latest travel ban to partly take effect, excluding people from six mostly-Muslim countries who have a “bona fide relationship” in the U.S.
In a brief two-paragraph order, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the travel ban can go into effect for travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who lack any family members or ties to the U.S. Those with “bona fide relationships” can still enter the U.S., and those relationships could be close family or an entity in the U.S., such as a university or company or even an association that is hosting a conference, for example. The ban has already been in effect for certain government officials from Venezuela and North Koreans and the court did not address restrictions on those countries.
Lauren Ehrsam, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, told the New York Times this week that the administration will begin enforcing the travel ban as allowed by the court but will continue to appeal the lower court ruling because the administration believes the ban should be allowed to take effect in its entirety, regardless of whether someone has a relationship or tie to the U.S.
The administration crafted the latest travel ban earlier this year after courts ruled that the previous two versions were unconstitutional attempts to ban Muslims from the country and violated the Constitution.
After the latest court order, ASAE President and CEO John Graham said, “As we’ve said before, we’re concerned about the impact this ban is having on international travel to the U.S. in general. Hopefully we can get to a point where we’re addressing our national security concerns without discouraging people from coming here for tourism or business.”