ACLU Settles Trump Travel Ban Lawsuit

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A class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against President Donald Trump’s travel ban has been settled. The terms have not yet been revealed.

According to the New York Post, attorneys for both the ACLU and Department of Justice came to an agreement early Wednesday after months of closed-door meetings. The conditions of the agreement are expected to be announced this Thursday in front of Brooklyn federal court by Magistrate Judge Louis Bloom.

ACLU filed the lawsuit in response to an executive order travel ban that affected six Muslim-majority countries.

The ban is projected to be bad news for inbound travel to the United States, according to data collected by GBTA. The organization’s “uncertainty forecast” showed that the U.S. could lose $1.3 billion in travel related spending in 2017 from a combination of the travel ban, the laptop ban, and Brexit

GBTA created the forecast using first quarter ticketing data from the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), publicly available travel information, and the GBTA’s economic research and models.

And they’re not the only ones concerned.

After the second ban was announced, The Independent reported that Hawaii’s Attorney General Doug Chin said that a ban could do long-term damage to the tourism industry.

Hawaii continues to challenge the revised order.

Travelers are also worried about how the order might affect the U.S. A study by American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) showed that Americans are split on their opinion of the ban. 55 percent of the 1,500 travelers surveyed said that they believe a travel ban will make U.S. tourists feel less welcome abroad while 43 percent are either somewhat or strongly opposed to the ban. 

The latest executive order bans travel from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Iraq was part of the original ban but has since been dropped. The Supreme Court has allowed this version to remain until it can hear the case in October. 

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