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ACLU readies for travel ban showdown in Supreme Court

James Morrison
Delaware Public Media
U.S. Supreme Court

The ACLU is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to continue blocking most of President Trump’s revised travel ban.


But the civil rights organization worries there could be confusion about who is allowed into the U.S. moving forward.


Under the partial reinstatement, anyone who has a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S. will be allowed to travel to America from the six Muslim-majority countries outlined in Trump’s revised travel ban.


“We believe that for the most part, people wishing to come to the U.S. from these countries or as refugees already have connections to families and schools and businesses in the U.S.,” said Kathleen MacRae, executive director of the Delaware chapter of the ACLU.


The ban will only apply to people without a clear U.S. connection.


But MacRae worries the Trump administration could interpret the court’s ruling broadly to block more people from entering the U.S.


“There definitely will be many court cases looking at those issues. We have not decided if we’ll be involved in any of those cases going forward," she said.


MacRae said the ACLU is currently focusing its efforts on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing in October, where it will argue the travel ban is unconstitutional.  


The court is hearing appeals from both Maryland and Hawaii.


Trump's executive order temporarily blocks visas from being issued to citizens of six Muslim-majority nations for 90 days, and it suspends the refugee program from these countries for 120 days.


The countries are Syria, Yemen, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

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