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Win for Trump on travel ban covers six countries

June 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

US President Donald Trump has scored a victory on the travel and tourism front, with the US Supreme Court agreeing to revive parts of his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries. The bans will be imposed this week.

It’s an interim measure – the court will decide its legality later this year in a major test of presidential powers. Effectively, yesterday’s decision means that tourists from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will no longer find it easy to enter the US. Nationals of those countries may be able to enter if they have strong links with the US, for instance family living there or established business ties.

Trump said the decision represented “a clear victory for American national security”.  A hearing will take place in October to present further arguments on the legality of the ban.

Trump says the ban is fully justified to prevent terrorism in the US. Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and London have strengthened his hand. So will latest reports, which indicate another terrorist attack in Belgium may be on the cards.

“As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” Trump said.

“I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”

Not only did Trump get most of what he wanted, it’s notable that three of the nine Supreme Court judges said they would have gone further and let the president impose the bans fully while the legal battle continues.

Critics say the court’s decision to allow some people to enter but not others will create confusion over how to sort them out.

“The implementation of the executive order will be done professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travellers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry,” the Department of Homeland security said in a statement.

US Travel Association executive vice president Jonathan Grella issued the following statement:

“As the Supreme Court considers the legal merits of the President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, we continue to urge the administration to draw a brighter line between its efforts to bolster national security and its desire to continue attracting valuable international business and leisure travellers.

“We have heard senior administration members say America is ‘open for business’ and ‘open to the millions of international visitors who wish us well,’ but they should be doing as much as possible to make sure there is widespread awareness of that sentiment abroad.

“An overt message of welcome that accompanies tough talk aimed at terrorists and visa overstayers would do a lot to sustain and grow the immense economic benefit that comes from international travel to the US.”

Written by Peter Needham

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