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President Trump's travel ban takes full effect, what immigration attorney advises

Posted at 10:33 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 00:33:38-05

After three versions and numerous legal challenges, President Donald Trump's travel ban has been allowed to take effect. 

The Supreme Court ruling can go into full effect, even as court cases against the ban are being heard in lower courts this week. 

The ban has different levels of restrictions in place that prevents people from six Muslim majority countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela, from entering the United States.

Local immigration attorney Maurice Goldman says there are still cases pending regarding the constitutionality of the ban and whether it goes against federal immigration law.

"It really is the case whether or not this is based off an anonymous against one religion or not and you know or is this in the interest of national security and how do you prove that," he said.

The Trump administration argues the ban is for national security concerns. 

"We are telling people who are here that would be subject to this they should not leave the U.S. right now," he said. "Right now is not a good time to try to exit and come back into the United States because the potential of getting stopped and not being re-admitted."

Goldman says although this is just another step in the process, the travel ban will have an effect on immigrants in Arizona. 

"I think that is something that is lost a lot of times is the real human aspect to this that families and relatives are not able to see each other physically and I think people need to put themselves into the shoes of individuals who are like that so that they can you know at least realize how difficult it is to be separated and not able to go visit a family member," he explained.

Only two of the judges went against the travel ban. Goldman says he doesn't think that should be an indicator of what will happen down the road.

This week the 9th and 4th U.S. Circuit Courts will hold arguments on the ban's legality.