The revised version of President Donald Trump’s so-called watered down and fiercely litigated travel ban finally went into effect on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 8 pm.  Less than one hour before the travel ban was slated to begin, an emergency motion was filed in Federal court by the state of Hawaii. It was a motion which contests the Trump administration’s plan to exclude certain categories of foreign nationals that the state believes are allowed to enter the country under existing court ruling.

The implementations of version 2.0 of the travel ban demand that those entering the United States from the 7 muslim-majority nations have to have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with either an entity like school, job, or family. For example, a hotel reservation booked by a person would not constitute a bona fide relationship, but an academic lecturer that is invited to speak in the United States will be exempt them from the travel ban.  If you are a foreign person who can’t sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned from the United States for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.

The new guidelines for the travel ban require the applicants to provide proof of a relationship with a parent, spouse, finance, child, adult son or daughter,  son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to enter the country. Extended family members like grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law will not be considered as consideration for entering the United States. Administration officials spent hours deciding if fiancées should be considered as a bona fide relationship but finally came to the decision that it is a close enough relationship.

The categories of travelers that are exempt from the new travel ban laws are  United States citizens, green card holders, visa holders, any visa applicants who were in the United States as of June 26 and Dual nationals. Also, anyone granted asylum, any refugee that’s already admitted in the United States and of course foreign nationals with close family, educational or business purposes in the country. The intent behind the new travel ban has been debated for several months since the campaign trail of President Trump.  He wanted a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. The executive order states that additional scrutiny is required for foreign nationals traveling from the six identified nations because the conditions of those countries bring a heightened threat. Each of the six countries that Trump listed in the travel ban is sponsored by terrorism. Those countries have been significantly compromised by terrorist organizations or contain active conflict zones.  The Supreme Court’s ruling will likely cause chaos within our country and should be removed.