Travel Ban has Minimal Impact in Minnesota

June 30, 2017 06:27 PM

The Trump administration's travel ban is having a minimal impact in Minnesota so far.

"We were expecting it to be pretty much business as usual because the memos were so clear on how to implement this," said Twin Cities immigration attorney Kara Lynum, who monitored international flight arrivals at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. "We wanted to have a presence just in case there was any sort of question marks while someone's standing at the visa window to make sure they were held to the standards the Supreme Court laid out."


Friday was the first full day of the travel ban and the first time international flights arrived in Minnesota since the travel restrictions went into effect Thursday at 7 p.m. central time.

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It still restricts travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, but it's not nearly as restrictive as the original travel ban proposed by President Trump earlier this year.

"It's much more clear who it does and doesn't apply to, and it's been made clear to the airlines and to the embassies as to who does and doesn't get visas or who is allowed to board the planes," Lynum said. "That was much less clear back in January, so we're not having those same problems now."

Lynum said it's more likely problems are being encountered where flights originate, like Amsterdam and Paris.


Tom Hauser

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