With the suspension of travel bans, where can items be reviewed?
President trump’s controversial travel ban returned to federal court Monday. The ban was meant to create time and space for closer scrutiny of people visiting the United States.
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
Donald trump’s travel ban is back in federal court today. A panel of three judges in Seattle will hear arguments about whether to shelve the ban, which has been the case for the past two months. The government has tried twice to enact a travel ban that can be called up through the constitution.
At the same time, there has been little progress in screening potential travellers in most of the six Muslim countries that have been banned. NPR’s Scott Horsley joins us now for more information. Hi, Scott.
Scott horsley, wired: good morning, rach.
Martin: so the case is in the ninth circuit. To be fair, President trump has Shared his fair share with the court.
Horsley: he’s been very critical of the court. When the appeals court ruled that his original travel ban violated, he had lost a round in the ninth circuit. Now he’s back to a more parochial version of the custom, and it’s been shelved by a lower court in Hawaii. That was the President’s response when he made his decision last march.
President DONALD TRUMP: this is the first disparaging version. This is a downplayed version. Let me tell you something. I think we should go back to the first one and go all the way. That’s the first thing I want to do.
Horsley: actually, that kind of aggressive language doesn’t help the President or his legal team. On the revised travel ban ruled, Hawaii district judge found that you can’t from the background of the orders separate orders of special text, including the trump’s campaign calls for a thorough closed muslims in the United States.
Martin: so the travel ban should last 90 days. Then, during that time, the government should strengthen the screening process for visitors from these six countries. This is about 60 days, so what happens to these screening programs?
Horsley: not a lot. You are right, the idea is that the government will use the 90 – day trip pauses to figure out what kind of information from foreign governments to determine who can safely to the United States, the security threat.
In theory, even if the travel ban is suspended, the work could continue. If so, they would be two-thirds the way they are now. But the government complains that the order in Hawaii’s courts is so clear that even censorship has stalled. Jeffrey wall, a lawyer, explained that last week the court of appeals had a different appeal.
JEFFREY WALL: we have followed the ban. We put the pen down. We haven’t done any work yet. Therefore, we believe that it has been unable to operate for 90 days.
Martin: ok. So the President’s order Scott also tried to temporarily stop the refugees from entering the United States what happened?
Horsley: because orders have been put on hold, refugee resettlement continues, albeit at a slower rate of 800 or 900 a week. If the pace continues through September, which is the end of the government’s fiscal year, we will see about 60,000 or 65,000 refugees this year.
That is more than Mr Trump wants to set a ceiling of 50,000, but far below the 110,000 that Mr Obama wants. Now, the government spending bill that Mr. Trump signed a few weeks ago does provide about $1.2 billion for the resettlement of refugees over the next five months.
Martin: so members of the trump administration have talked about expanding the so-called extreme review and looking for enhanced screening from visitors from other countries outside of the ban. This has been a catalyst for tourism. What can you tell us?
Horsley: yeah. Part of the President’s executive order, which has not been blocked by the court, calls for new standards of review for all international visitors. There were reports last month that this could include questions about the ideology of the visitors, or censorship of password-protected social media sites, and there were moments of anxiety in the us tourism industry. In fact, a trade group has warned the President not to do anything that looks like the United States.
Martin: NPR’s White House correspondent Scott horsley. Thank you very much, Scott.
Horsley: you’re welcome.
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