By Ted Hesson
June 29, 2017
TRAVEL BAN BACK IN BUSINESS: The Trump administration is expected to once again implement the president’s travel ban this morning following an order Monday from the Supreme Court that allowed it to proceed, though with certain caveats. The travel ban pauses the issuance of new visas from six majority-Muslim nations for 90 days and suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, with the stated goal to give the Trump administration time to review existing vetting procedures. Whether the policy will unleash confusion and chaos in airports around the world, as it did on the first go-round, remains unclear, but the drama is more likely to play out over months, as consulates change the way they screen affected visa applicants.
A State Department cable obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday night spelled out some of the criteria for people who would be considered a “close” relative of someone in the U.S. and allowed to circumvent the ban, a condition laid out in a Supreme Court order earlier this week. “The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.,” the AP reports. “Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships.”
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