How Trump travel ban could impact Alaskans

Published: Jun. 26, 2017 at 4:24 PM AKDT
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Depending on who you ask, Alaskans appear to be divided on the Monday

to re-instate the temporary travel ban from six countries, and refugee admissions to the United States.

"It's sad in a lot of those countries that people are suffering the way they are, but we have to be safe too for our people. So I trust the Supreme Court will lay it out better," Tari Esposito said.

Jaffra White said she doesn't support the strict regulations, "my family is founded on immigration and being able to come to America. If they weren't able to migrate here on a travel ban, then I don't think my family or my ancestors would be here necessarily."

The Executive Orders are complicated.

Anchorage immigration attorney Lara Nations met with Channel 2 News to explain how Alaskans could see changes from the temporary travel ban, which is expected to be implemented by Thursday.

First, the Supreme Court did not make a final ruling on the orders, "essentially what they're saying is the United States government can institute this travel ban except in the case of people who have a connection to the United States," Nations said.

She said that should include students, business owners and families, but might get complicated.

"There's a lot of rights you have when you're in the U.S. that when you travel and try to come back, you no longer have even if you are a lawful permanent resident, even if you have a green card," she said.

Nations said in several cases of war-torn countries, residents might have difficulty accessing proper documentation to validate relationships.

Anchorage has a large refugee population and not everyone may have an established connection to America.

"If they ultimately uphold those orders in their entirety those people would not be able to come anymore, but right now the door is still at least partially open," Nations said.

According to the Associated Press, President Donald Trump is hailing Monday's Supreme Court decision on his controversial travel ban as a "clear victory for our national security."

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case in October.