Trump’s Travel Ban in Full Effect After Being Approved by the US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court, on Monday, has allowed US President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be enforced by his administration despite the numerous appeals and legal challenges it faced. The ban on travel of residents from six mainly Muslim countries and two others can be instantly inflicted while challenges of the ban are settled in multiple court cases.

The Justices at the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the travel ban with merely two dissenting votes. The final tally of 7-2 has come as a major blow to anti-discrimination activists and supporters who expected the final resolution to be announced after months of contemplation. The ruling would uphold the latest version of the entry visa ban affecting prospective travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen along with residents of North Korea and Venezuela, that Donald Trump announced in September.

According to The Guardian, travelers from these countries would be allowed passage into the US if they possessed “bona fide” links within the United States such as reported business intentions; or immediate family relationships. The ruling, however, does not constitutionalize the ban but recognizes its merits and importance as put forward by Trump’s administration. The Supreme Court is expected to conduct a full review into the merits and demerits of the ban – whether it infringes any constitutional protections against discrimination -in the next few months.

The Times Of India stated that 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco and the Richmond, Virginia-4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, will be conducting sessions with arguments regarding the nature of the ban and its legality this week. The Supreme Court expects the courts to reach an appropriate conclusive pronouncement as soon as possible as its ability to hear and rule on this issue by the end of June relies on their decision.

Court of Appeals blocks President Trump’s bid to reinstate travel ban

A US Appeals Court has repealed Donald Trump’s attempt to reinstate a travel ban on individuals attempting to enter the United States of America from any one of seven Muslim-majority nations that have been deemed to be a security risk. The ban, which was rejected unanimously by a three-judge panel, attempted to prohibit citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States of America.

The panel rejected the bid on the grounds that it did not improve national security in any tangible way, and that the administration failed to provide evidence that anyone from the seven blacklisted countries had committed terrorist acts in the United States. Within minutes of the ruling, Donald Trump responded to the decision with a tweet indicating that the issue has not reached its culmination, and that further appeals are imminent.

The court ruling has not affected an integral part of the executive order, namely the segment that reduces the limit of 50,000 refugees to be admitted into the United States in 2017. The previous cap implemented by the Obama administration was 110,000.

The decision was met with disapproval from Republicans, with Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas saying that “Courts ought not second-guess sensitive national security decisions of the president.” The order is likely to be taken up in the Supreme Court as the Trump administration attempts to force it through, and the decision may be swayed by Trump’s appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Sources: The New York Times, BBC

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The United States and Russia reach agreement over Syrian ceasefire


A tentative cease-fire deal has been agreed between the United States of America and Russia, in the hopes of liberating Syria from oppression by the Islamic State and several other extremist militant groups. Thirteen hours of discussion between representatives of the two countries in Geneva culminated in a successful deal, announced by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, Kerry’s counterpart.

The nations involved in this deal were careful to be vague about the future of relations between the countries, with John Kerry going so far as to state that “No one is building this based on trust. It is based on oversight, compliance, mutual interest. This is an opportunity, and not more than that until it becomes a reality.” The deal has been met with approval from Syria’s mainstream opposition, and the High Negotiations Committee of Syria has said that it will welcome the deal “if it is going to be enforced”.

Syria plans to begin the seven-day ceasefire on Monday, which coincides with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Syrian government forces will halt air-strikes in rebel-held areas of Syria and will allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to rebels inside Aleppo, while rebels will cease their fighting and will stay clear of government areas. If the ceasefire is successful, Russia and the US will begin airstrikes against regions occupied by the Islamic State and al-Nusra front.