Here's a look at noteworthy statements by President Trump and his advisers on his immigration travel ban, from December 2015 to the present:Trump speaking during a press conference:Trump speaking on MSNBC:Trump speaking on CNN:Trump speaking on Fox Business Network:Trump speaking on NBC, answering whether he had scaled back his call for a Muslim ban by focusing on countries instead:Trump speaking during the second presidential debate in St. Louis:Trump when asked whether recent violence in Europe had affected his plans to ban Muslims:Trump speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, explaining a provision in his first travel ban that gives immigration preference to religious minorities:Trump before signing the first travel ban during a ceremony at the Pentagon:Trump adviser and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking on Fox News, when asked how Trump selected the seven countries targeted in the first ban:Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller speaking on Fox News … [Read more...] about What President Trump has said about the travel ban
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's second travel ban targeting immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries begins a new round of federal court hearings Monday battling 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 revised 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 on 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 -- before any votes had been cast in primaries and caucuses — called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can … [Read more...] about Trump’s immigration travel ban faces familiar foe in appeals courts: Trump
WASHINGTON – President Trump asked legal aides Monday to seek a quick Supreme Court review of what he calls his "travel ban" from six Muslim countries – one of a series of tweets that could well undercut his case before the justices.Suggesting he wants to expand travel restrictions in the wake of the weekend terrorist attack in London, Trump said: "The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!"He did not specify what a "tougher version" might entail.Trump's use of the term "ban" is in contrast to other administration officials who have said the White House is seeking travel restrictions rather than a blanket ban, which would be more vulnerable to legal challenge. In another tweet, Trump said the updated version of his initial travel order is "politically correct," which will be fodder for the ban's critics who have argued that Trump's real target all … [Read more...] about Trump seeks quick Supreme Court review of ‘travel ban’
WASHINGTON — It's been 18 months since Donald Trump, presidential candidate, called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."It's been nearly six months since Trump, as president-elect, was asked if terror attacks in Europe had affected his proposed Muslim ban. "You know my plans," he said. "All along, I've been proven to be right."And it's been less than a week since President Trump trumpeted the travel ban he first proposed in January, which would have shut down virtually all travel from seven majority-Muslim countries while giving Christians preferential treatment. "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.," he tweeted.Now "S.C." — the Supreme Court — may have the last word on whether those words of Trump's matter. The … [Read more...] about Will Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim words on travel ban hurt his case?
President Trump vowed to take the legal fight over his temporary travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries all the way to the Supreme Court. Now, in the wake of a second judicial repudiation, some legal experts say Trump's lawyers may slow down an appeal until his Supreme Court nominee is confirmed and can provide a decisive vote.After a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order Wednesday, the next logical step is an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, where a three-judge panel ruled against Trump's first version of the ban last month. Trump's lawyers also might go to the 4th Circuit appeals court in Richmond, Va., to try to overturn a separate order blocking the ban issued by a U.S. judge in Maryland Thursday.The final appeal would be the Supreme Court. The problem with that step is the court is currently deadlocked, 4-4, along … [Read more...] about What’s next for Trump’s revised travel ban?
WASHINGTON —It has been more than two months since President Trump tried to temporarily suspend travel from several majority Muslim countries to give his administration time to develop "extreme vetting" procedures against terror-prone countries. Yet the Department of Homeland Security has not made any progress toward that goal, the agency said Tuesday.DHS spokesman David Lapan blamed federal court rulings that have blocked the travel ban from taking effect, saying they have "stopped our ability to move forward on those procedures."That argument was disputed by former DHS officials who served under Democratic and Republican presidents. They said the courts have only restricted portions of Trump's original and revised executive orders and that the department has had no problem updating other security procedures."I just don’t think that’s credible," said Amy Pope, President Barack Obama's deputy Homeland Security adviser, who … [Read more...] about DHS: No progress on ‘extreme vetting’ behind purpose of temporary travel ban
President Trump's scaled-back travel ban against six majority-Muslim nations operated without disruptions at airports Friday as opponents challenged its restrictive rules on who is permitted entry into the USA.The American Civil Liberties Union and immigration advocacy groups reported no big problems with the ban, which went into effect Thursday, unlike Trump's first, broader order that left hundreds of travelers from abroad in legal limbo in late January."I am not aware of any refugees being detained as a result of this executive order," Betsy Fisher, policy director for the International Refugee Assistance Project, said Friday. After the Supreme Court allowed the revised ban to go into effect, legal challenges quickly surfaced. Hawaii's attorney general filed a lawsuit late Thursday to force the Trump administration to clarify how it created its list of people who will be banned and those who won't. The concern is that the administration is setting … [Read more...] about As Trump travel ban goes into effect, lawsuits begin
The Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling on Monday that will allow President Trump to implement his travel ban against six Muslim majority nations — but only for visitors lacking ties to the United States. The court ruled that Trump may bar people from six majority Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — if they have no "bona fide" relationship to the U.S. Those that have established ties will be allowed to continue entering the country, which covers the majority of visitors from those countries.More than 100,000 people legally entered the U.S. from the six countries in fiscal 2016, which ended last Sept. 30, according to State Department data.Nearly 30,000 had immigrant visas, more than 25,000 arrived as refugees and thousands more came on student, diplomatic and research visas that require proof of a U.S. connection. All would be exempt from the ban under the court's decision.The ruling means officials at the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court travel ban ruling: What it means
Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this story didn't specify that six countries were covered by the travel ban. President Trump's temporary travel ban and an inhospitable political climate could punch an $18 billion hole in U.S. tourism by international visitors over the next two years, projections by travel analysts show.Foreign tourism is a $250 billion-a-year business in the United States, and Trump's original and revised executive orders temporarily banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries — put on hold by federal courts — have dampened interest worldwide in visiting the U.S., travel and tourism executives told USA TODAY.“The U.S. has put an unwelcome mat at our front door,” said Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research Group, which conducts travel research.Precipitous declines in airline bookings followed the Jan. 27 and March 6 travel ban announcements, and hotels reported less … [Read more...] about Trump’s travel ban could cost $18B in U.S. tourism, analysis shows
WASHINGTON — Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend travel bans on five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. The official said the ban would remain in place until diplomatic talks for a longer-term solution are completed. The restrictions had been due to expire on Monday under a May 2014 exchange for Bergdahl. U.S. officials said Friday the Obama administration was closing in on an agreement with Qatar to extend the restrictions for six months that could be announced this weekend. It was not immediately clear why that agreement had not been finalized. The official said the U.S. remains in “close contact” with Qatari authorities “to make sure these individuals do not pose a threat to the United States.” As a result of the talks to date, Qatar “has agreed to maintain the current restrictive conditions on these individuals as we … [Read more...] about Qatar extends travel ban on ex-Gitmo inmates who were released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl