OCA Concerned By Supreme Court Decision to Implement Part of Travel Ban


29 June 2017

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate

202-233-5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, D.C. – OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is concerned by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday that allows a modified version of the Travel Ban to go into effect today, Thursday June 29th, at 8PM ET.

Once in effect, those who reside in Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan that do not have a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S. will not be allowed to travel to the country for 90 days. In addition, all refugees will be banned from entering the U.S. for 120 days. Current and approved visa holders, those granted asylum or refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. are exempt from the ban. This includes immediate family, job offers, or invitations to lecture.

Late Wednesday, the State Department sought to further clarify what constitutes immediate family which includes: parents, parents-in-law, spouses, children, adult children, sons- and daughters-in-law, and whole or half siblings. Extended family which include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other extended family members are not considered “bona fide relationships.”

The Supreme Court will have a full hearing in the fall regarding the Travel Ban, after which they will decide on its constitutionality.

“It is chilling that the Supreme Court has decided to disregard the full rulings of the lower courts and allowed any part of the executive order to go into effect,” said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs. “They are sending a message of discrimination to immigrant communities here, and are perpetuating a culture of fear. Asian Pacific American Islanders have been able to establish and grow vibrant communities here because of sponsorships through familial relationships. This order will separate families and loved ones. We urge compassion and support legal efforts to stop this travel ban hoping that the Supreme Court will find it unconstitutional.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI’s.)