Trump’s travel ban to expire on Sunday

President Donald Trump ’ s contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America ’ s door will reopen for travelers from six majority - Muslim countries.
Based on the policy , US embassies or representatives in Syria , Iran , Libya , Somalia , Sudan and Yemen should resume granting visas to their nationals planning to visit the United States for work , study , pleasure or to emigrate .
But some think the Trump administration , determined to stick to his election promise to block Muslims from the country , will extend the 90 - day ban at least until the Supreme Court can rule on it next month .
Omar Jadwat , an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who has argued against the ban in court , said politics , not national security , would likely decide the issue.
“ The animating principle for the government throughout has been , the president wants a ban , the president wants to ban as many people as he can , as many Muslims as he can , and we ’re going to do what we can to make that possible , ” he told AFP.
“ I think that ’s how we got to where we are now . ”
– Political uproar –
The ban — which initially included Iraq and was accompanied by a 120- day block on all refugees — sparked a political uproar when Trump first announced it on January 27 , a week after becoming president.
The ban was frozen by courts after a weekend of chaos at airports and a barrage of lawsuits by immigration advocates and civil liberties groups.
The administration ’s stated reason was national security : the need to ensure the six countries have adequate vetting procedures for travelers , so as to prevent terrorists from entering the country .
But critics alleged that it amounted to Trump ’s promised “Muslim ban ” which courts agreed was unconstitutional because it discriminated against a single religion .
Several states also sued to block it on grounds that it prevented legitimate visa holders, family members, US residents , students in universities and foreign workers for US companies from entering the country .
After losing challenges in appeals courts , on March 6 the White House unveiled a revised ban , excluding Iraq and exempting people who already had visas . Nine days later that , too , was frozen , by a judge in Hawaii , for largely the same reasons as the original .
Again , the administration lost in two appeals courts , leaving Trump furious and turning to the Supreme Court.
AFP