Mid-Michigan reaction to the new travel ban

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/29/17) - With a limited version of the president's travel ban going into effect Thursday night, a number of travelers to the United States will be met with resistance.

Attorneys are not expecting some of the major confusion that unfolded when the travel ban was first rolled out in January at airports in the U.S. They say most of the issues will be at consulates and embassies abroad.

"One big change that we've been told unofficially is that CBP (Customs Border Protection) is not going to be denying people who already have valid visas," said attorney Muna Jondy. "So, the idea of people coming to the airports and being turned back, our understanding is that that will not be the case, but of course, we will see in the next few days if that actually is the case. Really this is about the consular processing. It's about issuing visas from embassies abroad, so that's not something that's going to be actually happening in airports in the U.S. for the most part."

The Supreme Court said earlier this week that visitors to the U.S. from six Muslim majority countries, including refugees, must be able to prove a bona fide relationship to someone in the states in order to travel here.

That definition was further defined by the State Department to include only a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, according to the Associated Press. Familial relationships, like grandparents or fiances, are not mentioned.

Jondy says that is problematic.

"There is an immigration process for a fiance visa. Now these individuals who come from those countries are no longer going to be able to get visas for their fiances. That's a little bit absurd on its face. And also there's the economic impact, you know. A lot of people get visas to come to Disney World. They go to California, they come to Michigan," Jondy said.

The guidelines are in place at least until the Supreme Court takes up the issue again this fall during a new session. Jondy expects some states to file amicus briefs in the fall to respond to the potential economic impact of the ban.

The ban is set to take effect at 8 p.m.



 
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