A court in California allowed President Donald Trump’s travel ban go partially into effect. The court ruled that the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the U.S., Reuters reports.
Trump’s ban is from September 24. Two previous versions have been impeded by federal courts. A panel of the ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially granted a Trump administration request to block at least temporarily a judge’s ruling that had put the new ban on hold so now the ban will apply to immigrants from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who are not connected to the U.S. There are two types of connections: family relationships and formal, documented relationships.
“We are reviewing the court’s order and the government will begin enforcing the travel proclamation consistent with the partial stay. We believe that the proclamation should be allowed to take effect in its entirety,” Lauren Ehrsam, Justice Department spokeswoman, said.
The state of Hawaii said that according to the federal immigration law, the president has no authority to impose restrictions on six of the countries. Hawaii even sued to block the restrictions, but the lawsuit did not challenge the restrictions for the people from North Korea and Venezuela. Meanwhile, a group of refugee organizations and individuals filed a lawsuit in Seattle federal court and challenged Trump’s decision to suspend entry of refugees from 11 countries for at least 90 days.
Trump started issuing bans in January. He is convinced that the ban would protect the U.S. from militant Islamist groups.