This latest round of prohibitions is the subject of fierce debate among activists and those within the president’s administration.
The Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, which was originally brought into effect last January before being lifted in March, will now once again be enforced, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. This decision, reports the New York Times, is the third version of the much-debated ban, which will place travel restrictions on the citizens of eight countries, six of which are primarily Muslim.
Broadly speaking, the Supreme Court’s ruling will now prohibit citizens of Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and certain persons from Venezuela from entering America, but these latest prohibitions differ in their finer details. Somalis, for example, are banned from permanently settling in the U.S. but will be able to visit, while Iranians can enter as students.
This latest version of the ban, reports the outlet, has “effectively overturned a compromise in place since June, when the court said travelers with connections to the United States could continue to travel here notwithstanding restrictions in an earlier version of the ban.”
Unsurprisingly, these measures are still subject to fierce debate. Commenting on the ban’s reinstatement, Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), was quoted by the outlet as saying, “President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret — he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter. It’s unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims.”
The organization says that it will continue to challenge the ban, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hailed its reinstatement, deeming it “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people.” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the ban is, “lawful and essential to protecting our homeland.”