The Department of Homeland of Security will finally begin implementing President Trump’s immigration executive order on Thursday, at least in part.
The DHS will begin carrying out parts of the order on Thursday, and, as spokesman David Lapan told the Washington Examiner, the department will release additional information about its future plans.
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced plans to review the travel ban case, lifting a stay issued by federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii that prevented the order from taking effect. The stay will allow some parts of the ban to be put into action, although it’s unclear what parts will be implemented.
Trump’s executive order will temporarily block U.S. entry for travelers coming from six Muslim-majority countries. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the ban should only apply to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The language in the decision opens the door to students and people who have relatives or jobs in the U.S., potentially excluding them from the ban.
Another question is how the decision will be applied to refugees, many of whom don’t have family in the U.S., but are affiliated with an entity through sponsoring organizations.
Three Supreme Court justices felt the court should have allowed the entire order to take effect immediately.
In a statement of dissent issued by Justice Clarence Thomas, he said, “I agree with the court that the preliminary injunctions entered in these cases should be stayed, although I would stay them in full. The decision whether to stay the injunctions is committed to our discretion … but our discretion must be ‘guided by sound legal principles’.”
Justice Thomas’ dissent joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.
According to the Examiner, Lapan said the DHS will “work with the Departments of State and Justice on the way forward for implementation of the executive order based on the Supreme Court’s ruling.”
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