NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s travel ban is back.
The 90-day travel ban took effect Thursday night, along with a 120-day ban on all refugees — affecting travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The US State Department announced that visa applicants from the six Muslim-majority countries must show proof of close formal or family ties to the US or US entities, otherwise they may be denied entry.
Approved family ties include parents, children, spouses, adult children, children-in-law, siblings, and step-families.
Not-approved family ties include grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
The Trump administration late Thursday night reversed a decision on one of the categories, and will now allow fiances as bona-fide family ties.
But even before the travel ban 3.0 took effect, hundreds of New Yorkers took to the streets as details of Trump’s travel ban became more available.
“This ban is a Muslim refugee ban; there is no other way to describe it,” said activist Linda Sarsour.
“So we will continue to challenge this unconstitutional ban by an illegitimate President, because this is democracy and this is what makes America great, all of us here together,” said Letitia James.
Organizers say the resistance to Trump’s travel ban will continue over the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, in an emergency town hall meeting in Manhattan, organizers provided some clarity to what they call an ambiguous and confusing travel ban.
For passport holders from the six Muslim-majority countries, most of the vetting will now happen during visa interviews at the originating country’s US embassies.
While not directly targeted by Trump’s ban, despite the ISIS-related terrorism in Marawi City, an immigration attorney’s advice is for Filipino travelers from Mindanao to be clear and specific in their reasons for visiting the US — while truthfully answering all the immigration questions at their port of entry.
“If they’re in a very unfortunate situation, the first thing that they do is do not lie to the officer, because you know, lies would only make things worse,” said immigration lawyer Arvin Amatorio.
In case of detention, or if held by customs and immigration officers, Amatorio also says it would be a good idea to know your immigration attorney’s contact information by heart, so you can call them for assistance.