Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered Trump a small victory in his ongoing battle over the so called "travel ban." While agreeing to take the case up in the fall term, they agreed to let parts of the order stay in place. The Court ruled that people from six majority Muslim countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen can be banned unless they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
So, what exactly does this mean? At this point, immigrants from these countries who have a close relative who is a U.S. citizen, have been accepted at a U.S. college or university, or who have been hired by a U.S. business would be exempt from the ban.
One of the major questions is how this will affect refugees. In the decision, the justices explain that relationships to entities must be "formal and documented." They warn "For example, a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion." However, it unclear as to how this would decision would apply to a refugee already working with a group or agency. As Hans Hogrefe, director of policy and advocacy for Refugees International told NBC news,"“Does having 'a bona fide relationship' mean a resettlement agency you’ve already been working with? You could legally argue that. “The examples given [in the court's decision] do not cite that.”
It will be interesting to see how this develops in the coming months leading up to the October term. You can read the full Supreme Court opinion here.