Parts of Pres. Trump’s travel ban to take effect Thursday; concerns over uncertainty

NEW YORK — 72 hours after the Supreme Court’s move to hear President Donald Trump’s travel ban to six Muslim-majority countries, a watered-down version of the travel ban will take effect on Thursday.

The New York Immigration Coalition calls it an unjust and discriminatory Muslim ban.

“So the very fact the Supreme Court is even considering taking this case, we see that as incredibly disappointing and concerning,” said the coalition’s Steve Choi.

The coalition says, in theory, only immigrants applying for B-2 visitor or tourists visas from the six Muslim majority countries are subject to the narrowed-down version of travel ban.

“This is a ban on Muslims, no matter how anyone tries to explain it,” said Rama Issa Ibrahim. “National security cannot be used as an excuse for religious discrimination; we believe it is unconstitutional.”

Trump’s travel ban, in theory, should not affect those who can prove their bona fide connections to the US.

“The problem is, nobody knows exactly what that means,” said Choi.

“There is no acknowledged legal concept that defines a bona fide relationship; that determination can happen at the consulate which is most likely where it will happen,” said Camille Mackler, director of legal initiatives.

Mackler says even refugees may not necessarily be impacted, since they have a bona fide connections with US entities or resettlements admitting them.

Even with the stay on the travel ban, the Council for American-Islamic Relations says that President Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric alone has caused a 40 percent surge in hate crimes, and a 560% surge in anti-Muslim harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes in New York City alone.

 Immigrant rights advocates say these are all theories as interpreted by lawyers and experts, how it all comes down would depend on the Department of Homeland Security, the state department, or the White House’s interpretation of the SCOTUS language.

“This is a hastily written, improperly implemented, very not well thought out Muslim and refugee ban — so we think once it gets a full hearing in the light of day by the Supreme Court, this will be struck down,” said Choi.

 Based on what happened during the onset of the original travel ban, while not directly targeted, Muslim travelers who were not from Libya, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen were stopped at airports.

“So the reality is that we expect travelers from all sorts of countries, including ones with significant Muslim populations, to be prepared for the impact,” said Choi. “Absolutely, it’s a concern — and if anybody from the Filipino-American community is experiencing problems, we encourage them to contact our hotline.”

 The New York Immigration Coalition is providing legal advice for those who may be detained via the travel ban, by calling their hotline at 1-844-326-4940, or contact through email @


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  • Mario
    27 June 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Trump best line; “See you at the Supreme Court” Trump travel ban got 9-0 votes. Another Supreme Court Justice will retire soon. SC is assured of being a conservative for the next 30 yrs. LGBT rights, same sex marriage, 3rd bathroom and liberal policies soon will be over. Someday-Voters ID law will reach the SC, illegal alien, could not vote anymore, bad for the Dems, hard to cheat and end of voters fraud. As I predicted Trump will be the most powerful President America ever had. In 4 years, SC will be 6-3, in 8 yrs SC will 7-2,and America will be conservative for the next 80-100 years. The millennials are the future of the country, they control majority of the votes, they will never go wrong if they follow the conservative policies. Liberals and radical ideas will never succeed. Take note, in my opinion, the new Trumpcare is designed for the millennials, because for votes.