In Case You Missed It: Travel Ban, Healthcare, Gay Marriage in Germany.

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Welcome to the fourth installment of In Case You Missed It, a weekly news roundup that focuses on some of the biggest news stories from around the globe every week. So, in case you missed it, here’s your week in review:

Trump Travel Ban Partially Reinstated

The Supreme Court reinstated a “watered-down” version of Trump’s travel ban earlier this week, promising to hear a case on the entire ban in October. The partial travel ban went into effect at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

The ban prohibits anyone from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan that cannot provide a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” to an entity or person in the United States from traveling to the US for 90 days, and prohibits anyone that is a refugee from any of these countries from entering the US within 120 days.

The following categories of travelers are exempt from the ban:

  • US citizens
  • Green card holders
  • Current visa holders
  • Any visa applicant who was present in the US as of June 26
  • Anyone with dual citizenship (as long as one nation is the US)
  • Anyone granted asylum
  • Any refugee already admitted to the US (or cleared for travel by the State Department through July 6)
  • Foreign nationals with “bona fide” family, educational, or business ties to the US

The ban’s effectiveness and constitutionality has been hotly debated since Trump’s initial “Muslim ban” proposal on the 2016 campaign trail. More lawsuits and state appeals are expected in the near future.

Trump’s New View on Healthcare Reform

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican senators on Friday to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately and completely before pushing for a replacement, due to the lack of agreement on how to replace the law. This marks a significant divergence from Trump’s previous comments, which suggested that the senators unite behind the proposed — and Trump-endorsed — American Health Care Act.

This change likely came as a result of Trump’s recent meeting with Rand Paul on the topic of healthcare repeal.

Some are worried if the repeal bill would be dead on arrival due to hesitancy and disagreement from the Republican establishment.

Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage

A snap vote by members of parliament in Germany legalized gay marriage within the country on Friday. The bill passed with a clear majority of 393-226 in favor of the reform.

Merkel, who called for a “free vote” on the issue on Monday, voted against it. AFP reports that the German legal code will now read: “Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex.”

This is a strong victory for those who want the freedom to marry whomever they desire.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Friday for the weekly news, in case you missed it.

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Nicholas Amato

Nicholas Amato is the News Editor at Being Libertarian. He’s an undergraduate student at San Jose State University, majoring in political science and minoring in journalism.


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