On June 26 the Chicago Sun Times reports:
“I plan to be back at O’Hare because we all anticipate further chaos given this decision — at least in the initial days — very similar to what we saw when the first travel ban came into effect,” said Vivian Khalaf, an immigration lawyer based in Palos Hills.
The high court’s decision said Trump’s revised ban — the president himself has slammed it as “watered down” — on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced if those visitors lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
But Khalaf and others say they’re not sure just what constitutes a “bona fide relationship.”
“How do you define that? Must they be immediate relatives? Do you have to have a contract with an employer in place?” Khalaf said.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, agreed.
“There will be a lot of interpretation, both by [the federal government] and agents and attorneys. So there will be relative chaos again and relative subjectivity and a lot of back and forth,” said Rehab, whose group organized the project that has had volunteer attorneys stationed at Terminal 5 — O’Hare’s international terminal — to help passengers from the affected countries.
Lawyers are still there, but only two to three on any given day, Khalaf said. She expects that number to rise significantly when the limited ban goes into effect.
Activists, however, note that the court’s decision wasn’t entirely unexpected.
“We were preparing for it,” said Rehab, calling the ruling disappointing. “We were hoping for the best and expecting the worst.”