On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii to uphold the restrictions set in place by Executive Order 13780, but the court also sent the case back to the lower courts “for such further proceedings as may be appropriate.” The majority opinion stated that the Proclamation is “squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act).” The court had previously allowed the travel ban to go into effect while the justices deliberated on Trump v. Hawaii, and this decision means it will remain indefinitely.
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On March 15, 2017 a federal appellate court upheld a temporary restraining order effectively freezing the travel ban. Essentially, the court's action restored U.S. immigration practices to those in place prior to the March 6, 2017 executive order. However, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling reinstating large portions of the executive order, including the ban on visa entry issuance to individuals from Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Syria. Those with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the U.S. continue to be protected and not subject to the ban. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on this case in October.
If you have questions about the impact of this decision on your specific situation, you can contact International Student and Scholar Services at 217-333-1303.
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