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Trump Administration Predicts Orderly Travel Ban This Time


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The Trump administration provided details of its revised travel ban on refugees and on visitors from six majority Muslim countries hours before it’s to take effect, seeking to ensure there’s no repeat of the chaotic scenes at airports when the order was initially imposed in January.

The restrictions will go into effect as of 8 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, administration officials confirmed on a conference call with reporters as they predicted an orderly rollout. Unlike the last time, when travelers arriving in the U.S. were turned back at airports, the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, emphasized that those already holding a valid visa will be let in.

In an effort to comply with a Supreme Court ruling this week that those with “bona fide” connections in the U.S. must be exempted from the travel ban, the fine points have been spelled out in a cable distributed to American embassies worldwide.

While certain close family members of people in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban on entry -- including spouses, children, and siblings -- grandparents, aunts and uncles wouldn’t. Travelers with business or professional ties from the affected countries also are exempted if they can show a relationship that’s formal and documented, and not based on an intent to evade the ban.


The ban begins again.

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