Senior officials from the departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security labored to finalize rules for visitors on Wednesday from the six Muslim nations hoping to avoid the administration of Trump’s to revive travel ban .
The considerations came as U.S. consulates and embassies awaited instructions on implementing this week’s Supreme Court order that reinstated partially the ban after it was blocked by lower courts.
The administration has given Thursday deadline for implementing the ban that applies to visitors from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen.
The justices’ opinion excuses applicants from the ban if they proved to be a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. The Government lawyers are to determine how to define this relationship. The court offered guidelines and this includes a job offer, a relative or invitation to lecture in the U.S.
Soon after the ruling of the courts, the State Department advised the U.S. diplomatic posts to wait for the instructions. The posts were to process applications, until the completion of new guidance and they spoke on anonymity as they were not to discuss publicly the internal communications.
John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary said Wednesday that his agency is beginning to examine that can do be done to better who is entering the country and why. During a speech in Washington at a security event he did not address how the travel ban will be implemented.
President Donald Trump’s initial January travel ban led to chaos and now he issued a scaled-down order that is delayed for 72 hours after the ruling of the court, to avoid confusions.