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6 In 10 Americans Support Travel Ban

A poll found that 6 in 10 Americans support President Donald Trump's travel ban, a measure that blocks visitors from six Muslim-majority countries.

The July 5 results from the Politico/Morning Consult poll come amid the implementation of the ban and after a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled that the policy could be partially enforced, according to NPR.

The travel ban being implemented requires "applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country," a stipulation for which roughly 60 percent of Americans expressed their approval.

Some pundits say that over 50 percent of immigrants admitted each year have these types of ties, according to The Spokesman-Review.

"In all likelihood, I would expect we would end up with more than 50,000 this year," said Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International. "Once we get to 50,000 there will inevitably be some number of refugees that meet the 'bona fide' test and if the administration monkeys around with that by trying to slow down approvals, then they'll be in violation of the court decision."

Although a majority said they approve of the current travel ban, the president has expressed a preference for the original travel ban he called for through an executive order in March.

The president's comments may have posed a impediment to legal efforts to implement the policy, according to The New York Times.

"Talkative clients pose distinct difficulties for attorneys, as statements outside the court can frustrate strategies inside the court," said Josh Blackman, a law professor at South Texas College of Law. "These difficulties are amplified exponentially when the client is the president of the United States, and he continuously sabotages his lawyers, who are struggling to defend his policies in an already hostile arena. I do not envy the solicitor general's office."

George T. Conway III, a former Trump nominee for assistant attorney general, explained that Trump's comments about the travel ban may interfere with efforts to successfully implement the policy.

"These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won't help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters," read a tweet by Conway.

Trump's lawyers reported that the commander-in-chief has since altered what he says publicly to conform to a more preferred legal strategy, according to Time.

"Taking that oath marks a profound transition from private life to the nation's highest public office, and manifests the singular responsibility and independent authority to protect the welfare of the nation that the Constitution reposes in the president," wrote Trump's lawyers.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens joined Trump's lawyers in criticizing the president's comments outside the courtroom.

"I don't think whoever makes those comments is helping the institution or helping the public understand the correct role of the court or the importance or independence of the judges," said Stevens.

"Of course the court has to consider the national security issues, but I don't see the argument finding the danger to our security by allowing Muslims into the country," added Stevens on the travel ban policy.  

Sources: Politico, NPR, Time, The Spokesman-Review, The New York Times / Photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr, Beatrice Murch/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr    

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