It’s official now. Even the US Supreme Court has ruled on it. The Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump, which came within a week of him taking office has been upheld.
President Trump, keeping to one of his poll promises, banned refugees from a number of countries from entering the United States. While the official reasons may have been cited to be in the interest of national security, much of the World believes that it has more to do with Trump’s anti-immigration policies and conservative vote bank.
Many of these refugees are people, real people, fleeing from countries torn apart by things like war, terrorism, religious extremism, and civil unrest. If not for the US’es open doors, many of them would have nowhere else to go, and sooner or later may die at the hands of the conflicts that are ensued in their countries.
The US Supreme Court ruling, however, includes a longer list of relatives who can now help to get visitors from the six Islamic nations. Unlike earlier, grandparents have also been included.
The ruling was on the Trump Administration’s appeal against the ruling of a federal judge which came last week. The Judge, Derrick Watson, had ordered the government to allow those refugees who were working formally with a resettlement agency in the States. The list of relations which could be used by such refugees to enter the country were also extensively widened by Judge Watson.
However, the High Court had blocked this order but didn’t block the extended list of relatives which Judge Watson ordered. The matter is now to be considered by the Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco.
However, the US Supreme Court judgment has exempted a large number of travelers and refugees who possess a “bona fide relationship” with some person or entity in the United States.
Judge Watson’s extended list of relations still stands in force, and visa offices have been instructed accordingly. The relations currently included are:
grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to a list that already included a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US
The 90-day travel ban, meanwhile, is listed for October in the Court’s calendar. Though, it would expire by then!