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December 4, 2017

Summary

On Monday, December 4, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the third revision of the Trump travel ban could lawfully take effect. Travel Ban 3.0 had previously been blocked by Judge Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, the day before its provisions were set to be implemented. While this is a major victory for the Trump administration, legal challenges brought against the ban continue to proceed in lower courts, which could ultimately affect this ruling.

Analysis

This ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the future of immigration policy under Trump, as well as negatively impacts foreign relations for countries implicated by the ban and otherwise. The tangible effects of the ban’s implementation are spelled out in the provisions, but the potential consequences of the ban that are not yet known on the country’s workforce and economy are of equal concern. In addition, allies of nations that are affected by the ban will view the US in a negative light if they do not already, increasing mounting tensions across the globe and diminishing efforts for meaningful diplomacy.

Engagement Resources

  • Act with ACLU Action: ACLU Action enables people to sign petitions and contact their representatives regarding pressing social and political matters. Through ACLU Action, you can add your name to the petition to call on Congress to rescind the travel ban immediately.
  • Support 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 support NILC’s mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
  • Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay update on all things related to immigration policy.

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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