Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the Trump Administration’s appeal of several lower court decisions to block President Trump’s Executive Order dated March 6, 2017 (the second proposed ban or EO-2) intended to impose a travel ban on citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. The Court said it would hear the merits of the case in the Court’s October 2017 term. The Court also granted the Administration’s application to stay the injunctions imposed by the lower courts pending the hearing on the merits. Accordingly, until the case is heard by the Court this coming fall, the Supreme Court is allowing the travel ban to go into effect – provided that it not be enforced against, “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” This would seem to indicate that the ban will not be imposed upon those foreign nationals from the six countries involved – Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – with family members or employers petitioning on their behalf. Please direct any questions you may have regarding this dynamic situation to the Immigration Group at Stock and Leader.
July 13, 2017
by Steven J. Koehler