Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization.

  1. This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow partial implementation of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and said they would give full consideration to the matter during its October term to determine the legality of the President’s executive order. While allowing the Administration to implement portions of the executive order, the Court narrowed the scope of the travel and refugee bans. Although scaled back, the travel ban will be enforced against nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen but only in certain instances. The Court’s decision states that citizens from the six majority-Muslim countries who lack any “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” are banned for the 90-day period. Said differently, the Court states in its opinion that the travel ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” This presumably means that those with a visa to travel to the United States to study or work, even if from one of the six countries, are able to apply for or renew a visa and travel to the United States. Due to a memorandum issued by President Trump earlier in June, the Administration will begin implementation of portions of the executive order within 72 hours of the injunctions being lifted or stayed. The Court granted the government’s applications to stay the injunctions issued by the federal courts in the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. For the latest guidance from the Department of Homeland Security on what the Court’s decision means click here. FULL ARTICLE

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