The New York Immigration Coalition and Make the Road New York held a press conference at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Madina Toure/Observer
Immigrant and Muslim advocates who were among thousands protesting President Trump’s travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in January returned to the same spot this morning, hours before the ban is set to take effect.
After several courts blocked the travel ban from taking effect, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to hear the case in October and ruled on a provisional basis that the ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries could be enforced on “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The partial travel ban is scheduled to take effect at 8 p.m.
Citing national security concerns, Trump in March signed a revised executive order barring travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, instituting a 90-day moratorium on new visa applications from five of those countries, and a 120-day ban on those coming from Syria.