U.S. Supreme Court Order on Second Executive Order / Travel Ban 2.0

News Release from Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC – June 27, 2017

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided to hear the Trump Administration’s appeals from the decisions of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, related to the administration’s second Executive Order regarding travel and refugee admissions (“EO-2”). SCOTUS will hear arguments from the parties in October 2017.

In addition, SCOTUS partially reinstated EO-2 by staying parts of the injunctions ordered by the lower federal courts. The administration may now begin enforcing the “travel ban” for nationals of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – who do not have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

How this relationship requirement will be implemented is not immediately clear. However, the American Immigration Council’s advisory, “Who Will and Won’t Be Impacted by the Travel Ban After the Supreme Court’s Decision,” provides a helpful early analysis. The administration is expected to begin applying the travel ban in this limited fashion on June 29, 2017.

Chris Beckerson. © Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC 2017