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NEW BAN ON TRAVEL BY NATIONALS OF SEVEN COUNTRIES

The Trump administration announced a new ban Sunday on most travel to the U.S. by nationals of seven countries — North Korea and six in the Mideast and North Africa. The order replaces the much-disputed travel ban that President Trump issued in March, parts of which were blocked in court. That order, a revision of one Trump issued during his first days in office, expired Sunday. The new restrictions covering citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families — are to go into effect Oct. 18.

The new proclamation that Trump signed does not resolve the status of refugees covered by the earlier ban. Under the new order, no existing visas will be revoked, and people currently allowed to travel to the U.S. for other reasons will not be affected, the administration said.

SB4

A contentious court battle over SB4, also known as the anti-sanctuary cities law, is long from over.

SB4 requires that local law enforcement comply with all federal detention orders.

In front of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th District of Appeals in New Orleans, Texas’ attorney’s argued that SB4 is not only constitutional, but crucial to maintain public safety.The hearing comes after a decision made last month by U.S District Judge Orlando Garcia to block part of the law dealing with honoring all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.

“This problem didn’t start with SB4, and it’s not going to end when SB4 is eventually found to be unconstitutional, which we think it will,” said Bob Libal, executive director of grassroots leadership in Austin. Libal is hopeful Judge Garcia’s ruling will be upheld and wants the judge to go even further.

Libal believes SB4 will make Texas more dangerous by making immigrant communities less likely to call for help or trust law enforcement.

 

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