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Presidential Announcement
Announced on September 25, 2017

Policy Summary

On Sunday evening, September 24, President Trump announced his latest revisions to the travel ban via Twitter in a proclamation, removing Sudan and adding the countries of Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela to the list. Joining the ranks of Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, nationals from the aforementioned countries will be barred from entering the United States unless they are found to have a bona fide relationship with an American citizen(s). Revisions were made and announced in a timely fashion, as provisions from the second edition of the ban, which were implemented in March, were set to expire on Sunday evening per a Supreme Court ruling in June.

Unlike versions one and two of the ban, 3.0 is set to enforce varying restrictions per country and is not slated to go into effect until October 18, but will last indefinitely. Furthermore, the curated list of countries was developed following “intense negotiations with security officials around the world,” according to the New York Times. The Trump administration and DHS believe that this applied methodology will ensure safety from threats of terrorism and transnational crime.

Analysis

The latest installment of Trump’s travel ban is yet another egregious display of decaying diplomatic relations between the US and several nations around the world, which is particularly audacious in the case of North Korea. Following a week of fighting words and mounting tensions between the US and North Korea by way of both countries’ executive leadership, these revisions are quite contrary to making American safe again; infuriating one of the world’s most dangerous dictators is more harmful than helpful to national security. What is more, the ban’s isolationistic rhetoric and tactics are as much a threat to national security and foreign relations as they are to the economy. This move is one more step back for peace and prosperity in the US and around the world.

Equally as concerning as national security and economic well-being, the Supreme Court announced on Monday, September 25 that it has canceled the hearings that were scheduled for October 10 on the previous edition of the ban. Trump’s proclamation complicated exactly what provisions would be orally argued in the Supreme Court, and now the court is asking for both parties to file new briefs by October 5. Canceling the October 10 hearings puts the case in jeopardy; filing new briefs will not guarantee that the Supreme Court actually hears and rules on the constitutionality of the travel ban. Though a new round of litigation may emerge from outcries over the new proclamation, the ban will remain in effect until further challenged, constitutional or not.

Engagement Resources

  • Take Action with the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can help NILC advance its mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
  • Support the Council on Foreign Relations: Founded in 1921, CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for helping invested individuals better understand the world and foreign policy changes facing the United States and other countries. You can learn more about CFR’s work and supporting CFR here.
  • Get Involved With the American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” They have been actively involved in court cases challenging the Trump Administration on Immigration. You can learn more about supporting the ACLU in their fight for just immigration policy here.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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