PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Immigration attorneys from our area are working to digest what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to partially allow the travel ban means for individuals from the affected countries.
The Supreme Court ruling means the federal government can now enforce the ban against travelers who do not have a connection to family or institutions in the United States.READ MORE: Suspect In Allentown Shooting Found Dead In New York City, Police Say
“It’s not clear how the federal government is going to start putting the slimmed down version of the ban into effect,” said Molly Tack-Hooper, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “I expect a fair amount of confusion over the next few months, unfortunately.”
The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed litigation to block the first travel banned after it rolled out in January. Tack-Hooper expects major delays in getting refugees from the impacted countries settled in the U.S.READ MORE: Second Person, Jonathan Martinez, Dies After Feb. 26 Whitehall Township Walmart Parking Lot Double Shooting
“I think it’s safe to expect that travelers from the six banned countries can expect to be questioned extensively about their ties to the United States,” she said. “I think it’s safe to expect more litigation as people file lawsuits.”
Drexel political science professor Bill Rosenberg notes the newest high court justice, Neil Gorsuch, seems to be lining up with conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, but there’s uncertainty for the remainder.
“The justices are not lining up all on all on one side or another,” Rosenberg said.MORE NEWS: What Flyers Fans Can Expect Sunday When Wells Fargo Center Welcomes Fans Back After Nearly A Year
President Trump is calling the ruling a victory. Oral arguments will take place in the fall.