The US President, Donald Trump has revised the traveled ban earlier placed on Muslims states.
President Trump’s revised travel ban began Thursday evening; in preparation, the US has issued visa rules for applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and refugees fleeing persecution ahead of Trump’s revised travel ban.
The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Trump’s executive order, dubbed “the Muslim ban”.
New visa criteria for entering the United States from six mainly Muslim nations, have come into force – meaning only those with close family or business ties are exempt from the travel ban.
The move came after the Supreme Court voted to partially restore President Donald Trump’s executive order, which was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.
The 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and 120 day ban on refugees, will allow exceptions for people with “close family relationships” in the US, including parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings.
But “close family” does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiances and any other “extended” family members, State Department guidelines say.
The Trump administration insists the ban was necessary to protect the country from terror threats, and to give immigration authorities more time to tighten vetting of travelers and refugees.
“As recent events have shown, we are living in a very dangerous time, and the US government needs every available tool to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing acts of bloodshed and violence,” a senior administration official said.
But as travel officials across the US were making final preparations for putting the ban into place, opponents were preparing new legal moves.
The American Civil Liberties Union called the new criteria “extremely restrictive,” ”arbitrary” in their exclusions and designed to “disparage and condemn Muslims”.
Hawaii filed an emergency motion asking a federal judge to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state – and who, specifically, the ban refers to when stating that only an immigrant’s close family members can travel to the US.