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Another immigration law issue heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

It is difficult to read the news here in New Orleans or anywhere else without seeing stories about the current plights of numerous non-U.S. citizens across the country. Some of those stories involve court battles regarding certain immigration law issues, including one on which the U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments. The president's travel ban was the subject, and the high court will reportedly issue its opinion on the case in June.

Since its first incarnation last year, the travel ban has been through three different versions, two courts of appeal and now the highest court in the country. From the reports coming out of the oral arguments, the travel ban does have at least some support from the court. Both sides presented their arguments, and the justices ranged from silence to engaging in commentary.

One of the issues regarding the ban revolved around comments and campaign promises made by the president regarding Muslims. Many people believe the ban to be one based in anti-Muslim sentiment. However, a majority of the court may have a different opinion, at least from what was said during oral arguments. Right along with everyone else, legal correspondents are attempting to predict the outcome of this case.

In the meantime, real lives are at stake. Many immigrants, including some here in New Orleans, may be wondering whether they will be allowed to remain in the United States, or if they will even be able to enter at all. While immigration law may be in a state of uncertainty, that does not mean that many of those seeking green cards or visas have no avenues upon which to rely to achieve their goals.

Source: USA Today, "Supreme Court shows support for Trump's immigration travel ban", Richard Wolf, April 25, 2018

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