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Iran says US travel ban is 'racist' and 'unfair'

Iran says US travel ban is 'racist' and 'unfair'

The highest court in the land also modified the blocks placed on the ban by lower courts, allowing a limited version to go into effect while the court waits to hear arguments.

The plan, that Mr Trump announced soon after he became President, aimed to stop people from seven mainly Muslim countries entering America.

The court also gave examples of who may qualify for exemptions, including those with close family ties in the United States, obtaining a place at a US university, or offers of employment.

But it said the ban would not apply to visitors who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

On June 26, it became known that the Armed Forces authorized Trump to partially enact a decree banning the entry of citizens of six predominantly Muslim states (Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Sudan) and all refugees without exception.

Trump's revised executive order, often referred to as a travel ban, halted entry to the USA for people from six mostly Muslim countries for 90 days and the nation's refugee program for 120 days. Students, faculty, and staff from the six affected countries who can establish the requisite relationship should expect long delays and extensive questioning upon entry, and the lack of precision in identifying those who will qualify for admission may result in confusion in some cases.

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Trump's original order was revised in March to remove Iraq from the list of countries and withdraw the restrictions on green card holders.

"The whole objective of the travel ban in the first place was to set up even more screening processes, but the administration has failed to explain what work they've done to improve our already extremely rigorous processes", said Dady.

The Supreme Court is set to take up a legal challenge to the ban in October.

Shortly after the court's ruling, the State Department notified all US diplomatic posts of the decision and advised them to await instructions that would be forthcoming by the self-imposed implementation deadline on Thursday, according to officials familiar with the situation. For entities, the relationship must be documented and formal and must not have been formed for the goal of evading the restrictions of the Executive Order. This is due to their potential inability to prove a relation to the United States that the court's ruling calls for. The officials said the new guidance might not delve into such specifics and leave consular officers with discretion to make their own determinations.

The travel ban "doesn't help, it doesn't increase anybody's security", Zarif said.

"It's regrettable that the American government, because of their economic and commercial short-sightedness, have closed their eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorism in America", he said.


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