Enforcing travel ban to be ‘a little messy’ for a while, says Seattle immigrant-rights lawyer

Implementation of a limited version of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries is “going to be a little messy for the next few months,” says Jorge Barón, director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

After the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Trump administration’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, local leaders said there are questions that still need to be answered and uncertainty around what the ruling will mean.

“It’s going to be a little messy for the next few months,” said Jorge Barón, the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).

But the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case, and the protections it placed on people with a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” could be seen as a positive development, too, they added.

 

“It’s also an important statement from the Supreme Court that the Trump administration can’t continue to trample on the rights of these people, who have family, who have employment and other ties to the United Sates,” said Matt Adams, NWIRP’s legal director.

“I do think people will probably look at this as a split decision in some ways,” Barón said. “Some people are going to continue traveling and some people will not be.”

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Gov. Jay Inslee, who has vehemently opposed the travel ban, released a statement Monday that reflected the mixed nature of the high court’s ruling.

“A substantial number of people will still be protected as a result of the stay as the Supreme Court’s actions essentially narrowed the travel-ban order. But we know that President Trump has made it clear that his travel ban and refugee policies were never intended to be about thoughtful national security, but instead a way of discriminating against certain people for their cultures and religious…

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