WASHINGTON — The Trump administration spent months hashing out new travel restrictions on more than a half-dozen countries, determined to avoid the chaos that accompanied President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. But critics say it’s a mystery why some countries are included and they believe Venezuela and North Korea were added to provide legal and political cover for what they say remains a “Muslim ban.” The new restrictions covering citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families — are to go into effect Oct. 18. As for the previous version, which expired on Sunday, the Supreme Court on Monday announced it would cancel arguments scheduled for next month to give both sides time to consider the implications of the new one. They have until Oct. 5 to weigh in. Trump’s efforts to restrict entry into the U.S. have been the subject of lawsuits almost since … [Read more...] about Is third time the charm for Trump’s new travel ban?
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration spent months hashing out new travel restrictions on more than a half-dozen countries, determined to avoid the chaos that accompanied President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. But critics say it’s a mystery why some countries are included and they believe Venezuela and North Korea were added to provide legal and political cover for what they say remains a “Muslim ban.” The new restrictions covering citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen - and some Venezuelan government officials and their families - are to go into effect Oct. 18. As for the previous version, which expired on Sunday, the Supreme Court on Monday announced it would cancel arguments scheduled for next month to give both sides time to consider the implications of the new one. They have until Oct. 5 to weigh in. Trump’s efforts to restrict entry into the U.S. have been the subject of lawsuits almost since the moment … [Read more...] about Trump’s new travel ban: Third time the charm?
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's efforts to restrict entry into the United States by residents of some mainly Muslim countries have been the subject of lawsuits almost since the moment he announced the first travel ban in January. The latest version of the ban, rolled out Sunday, is certain to attract more legal challenges and is already affecting the high court's review. The justices on Monday canceled the scheduled Oct. 10 argument in the case and asked both sides to explain whether the matter has been overtaken by events, or in legal parlance, is moot. Eight countries are included in Trump's latest declaration — Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Three of them, Chad, North Korea … [Read more...] about New travel ban leads Supreme Court to cancel Oct. 10 hearing
WASHINGTON -Â As President Trump's effort to ban some travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries heads to yet another federal appeals court next week, the federal government'sÂ lawyers can't be blamed for looking further ahead -Â to the Supreme Court. Nearly all the judges whoÂ have heard the administration claim the right to restrict immigration from countries it deems asÂ security risks have said the travel ban discriminates against immigrants based on their religion. As proof, they have cited statements Trump made during the election campaign. The 4th Circuit and 9th Circuit appeals courts now considering the case are likely to agree, based on their makeup -Â both have a majority of judges nominated by Democratic presidents. But the Supreme Court may beÂ another story. Chief Justice John Roberts is a strong proponent of executive authority, particularly in foreign affairs. Justice Samuel Alito has … [Read more...] about Will Supreme Court rescue Trumps immigration travel ban?
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's second travel ban targeting immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries begins aÂ new round of federal court hearings Monday battlingÂ a familiar Achilles' heel: Candidate Trump. From Richmond, Va., to Seattle, Wash., federal appeals courts with a majority of judges nominated by Democratic presidents will hear government lawyers defend the revisedÂ ban against immigrants and refugees as Trump's national security prerogative. Civil liberties and immigrants' rights groups will contend that the new executive order continues to discriminate against Muslims based onÂ their religion, a violation of the First Amendment's establishment clause -- and they will use Trump's words from the campaign trail as Exhibit A. It was still 2015 when Trump --Â before any votes had been cast in primaries and caucuses -Â called forÂ "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United … [Read more...] about Trumps immigration travel ban faces familiar foe in appeals courts: Trump
President Trump says his administration will replace the travel ban stalled by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Video provided by Newsy Newslook President Trump signs executive orders, including a temporary travel ban against people from seven majority-Muslim countries, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 27, 2017.(Photo: Olivier Douliery, EPA) President Trump plansÂ to issue aÂ revised version of his temporary travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries as early as Tuesday, with a likelyÂ focus on fewer people so itÂ will survive legal challenges. TheÂ new order, according to a draft obtained by the Associated Press, would focus on the same seven countries âÂ Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and YemenÂ â Â butÂ would only bar entry to those without a visa and who have never enteredÂ the United States before. Unlike the original order, people from those countries who already have permanent U.S. residency (green cards) or visas would not face any … [Read more...] about Trump set to issue streamlined immigrant travel ban
NASHVILLE JOINS PROTESTS OVER TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICYWill Trump's travel ban be reinstated after court hearing? | 1:49A panel of judges in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals listened to arguments regarding whether President Trump's travel ban should remain on hold. USA TODAY NETWORK 1 of 16 NASHVILLE JOINS PROTESTS OVER TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICYNashville welcomes Kurdish family delayed after travel ban | 18:36The Kurdish family stopped on their way to Nashville and sent back to Iraq after President Donald Trump signed a travel ban last weekend arrived at Nashville International Airport Sunday night. A large group of Nashvillians present to welcome them. Ariana Sawyer / The Tennessean 2 of 16 NASHVILLE JOINS PROTESTS OVER TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICYThousands attend vigil in support of immigrants and refugees | 0:50A crowd gathers for a vigil and rally for immigrants and refugees at the Coleman Park Community Center in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Andrew … [Read more...] about Vanderbilt urges court to rule against Trump travel ban
A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission member on Monday encouraged the state’s utilities to “recognize and attend to” families that may be adversely affected by new federal immigration policies, venturing into a sensitive political area he said had caused some "angst" for other members of the PUC. Andrew G. Place, the commission’s vice chairman, sent a letter to the state’s public utilities Monday to raise awareness about potential problems among immigrant customers and “to provide assistance, whenever possible, to minimize the risks to essential utility services." Place, a British immigrant who grew up in the United States, was appointed to the PUC in 2015 by Gov. Wolf. He said his message was intended primarily to alert utilities, as well as the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services, that immigrant families may be undergoing stress from new federal policies that could affect their ability to pay their utility bills. He said he suggested last … [Read more...] about Pa. PUC member alerts utilities for immigrant travel-ban fallout
Demonstrators and college officials are gathering at Boston’s Logan International Airport, where an international flight from Germany is expected to arrive with college students who became ensnared in the Trump administration's travel ban. Worcester Polytechnic Institute student Behnam Partopour is expected to be on the flight and will be greeted on arrival by WPI President Laurie Leshin and US Rep. James McGovern, a Worcester Democrat. Advertisement Partopour’s friend Ehsan Keyvani stood inside Terminal E holding a sign that read, “Let him come home.” Also at Terminal E are officials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT’s president has promised to support students who are facing trouble returning to the US because of the ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Sign Up The MIT officials declined comment. View … [Read more...] about College students caught in immigration travel ban expected at Logan Airport
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump's immigration order sowed more chaos and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering opposition to the sweeping measure that was blocked by several federal courts. Attorneys struggled to determine how many people were affected by the rules, which Trump said Saturday were "working out very nicely." But critics described widespread confusion, with travelers being held in legal limbo because of ill-defined procedures. Some lawyers manned tables at New York's Kennedy Airport to offer help to families with detained relatives. "We just simply don't know how many people there are and where they are," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project. Advocates for travelers say they did not have clear picture about what's happening and that the chaos is likely to continue. The executive director of National … [Read more...] about Angry protesters continue to voice outrage at Trump immigration, travel ban