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What to know about legally entering the US as the revised travel ban moves forward

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People arrive at John F. Kennedy (JFK) international airport following an announcement by the Supreme Court that it will take President Donald Trump's travel ban case later in the year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The revised travel ban against foreign visitors from six mostly Muslim countries will go into effect 5 p.m. Pacific on Thursday.

As reported by the New York Times, the Supreme Court’s decision to partially implement the ban will enable people with “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The words “bona fide relationship” have left some wondering where the line will be drawn to enter the country. One thing we do know is that it includes “close family.” That means parents, parents-in-law, spouses, children, adult sons and daughters, sons and daughters-in-law and whole or half siblings.

Foreigners from the listed countries may also enter if they have accepted a job offer from an American company in the U.S., a hotel reservation and those attending a university. Now, questions remain around what will happen at airports, and what legal help refugees will need to enter the U.S. Guest host Libby Denkmann speaks to legal experts to find out what you need to know about the revised ban.


Nicholas Espiritu, LA-based staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center; he is one of the litigators in one of the travel ban cases, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, in the Fourth Circuit; he tweets @NicoEspiritu9

James Copland, director of legal policy and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; he tweets @JamesRCopland

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