Since early December, the US has blocked an unknown number of people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela from entering the US. Individuals from banned countries are theoretically eligible for waivers, but in practice, waivers are few and far between. After one month, 8,400 people had applied for waivers; and after three months, only about 100 waivers had been granted.
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision stays the current course and allows this most recent travel ban to stand. The decision prevents tens of thousands of families and children born into the world’s most dangerous territories from achieving the freedom and safety granted to generations of immigrants who have resettled in the United States.
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