‘Terrifying and illegal’: Refugee advocate sounds alarm over Trump’s new blanket refugee ban
The Trump administration appears as though it’s trying to find a way around the restrictions the Supreme Court placed on its proposed travel ban.
BuzzFeed reports that the American government “plans to temporarily not issue any refugees the travel documents needed to come to the US after July 12 — even if those refugees meet the Supreme Court’s requirement that they have ‘bona fide relationship’ with someone in the US to enter.”
This would seem to violate the Supreme Court’s order that revived a portion of the Trump travel ban, but made exceptions for people from six Muslim majority countries who have bona fide ties with people or entities within the United States.
“The State Department’s guidance says that the government will not issue any new Advanced Booking Notices — the documents that agencies say are required for all refugees to enter the US — ‘for cases with or without the required bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States’ until they ‘clarify verification procedures’ in the ‘very near future,'” BuzzFeed notes.
Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told the publication that she found the administration’s latest move alarming.
“That seems like a pretty blatant violation of the SCOTUS order to me,” she said. “That’s a full ban… It guts the waiver process which is a big deal I think… I find it really upsetting, terrifying and illegal.”