LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. The Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump’s travel ban can go into effect while legal challenges against it move through the courts. According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court decisions means that the administration is free to restrict entry to citizens from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea. The ban prevents entry for visitation, work, and study, and prevents individuals from these countries from immigrating or receiving permanent residence in the U.S. While each country is treated a little differently under the ban, the ban increases screening for some groups, while banning other groups completely.

The ACLU plans to continue to fight the travel ban, claiming that it is unconstitutional and that it discriminates against Muslims. During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for a complete ban of Muslims entering the U.S. While the travel ban doesn’t completely bar Muslims from entering, it surgically targets Muslim-majority countries, critics claim. However, the president is permitted to control immigration and the Trump administration claims it is simply operating under its authority.

One writer for the Guardian claims that the ban will only serve to divide families. Previous iterations of the ban permitted family members to travel to visit U.S. relatives. The current version of the ban provides no such provisions. This means that families with loved ones in the listed countries won’t be able to bring their loved ones to visit them. Grandmothers may be divided from grandchildren. Individuals who had planned to bring their fiancés, may no longer be able to do so. Furthermore, businesses that have hired individuals from the listed countries may not be able to bring the workers to the U.S.

So, what does this mean for immigrants, family members, and those from these countries who wish to study in the U.S.? As long as the ban is in place, individuals currently inside the banned countries won’t be able to travel to the U.S. and likely won’t be able to apply for visas. Individuals who are already inside the U.S. awaiting finalization of their immigration status or paperwork may find themselves facing increased stress as the travel ban prohibits permanent immigration for people from the listed countries. The good news is that some people who already hold work visas who hail from certain countries won’t be barred under the ban.

The travel ban is complex and the laws regarding each country listed are distinct for each nationality. If you or a loved one is considering immigrating to the U.S. or if you are currently residing in the U.S. while the ban is in effect, it is important to understand your rights and deportation risk. The O’Brien Law Group are immigration lawyers in Louisville, Kentucky who work with families to help them achieve their immigration and citizenship dreams. The current administration has made immigration much more difficult and has eliminated some important protections for immigrants. If you or a loved one wants to travel, live, or work in the U.S., it is important to understand your rights and options. Visit our firm at http://robrienlaw.com/ today to learn more.

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