First of all, there are some cases in which people try to fake papers in order to say they are related when they are not. Now they’ll have to say that they are related in a certain way. Moreover, the incidence of the language “bona fide” seems to imply that the U.S. government will go about deciding whether the relationship is, in fact, real. In other words, those papers will be scrutinized more than they were before because the law now says that various agencies–DHS, CBP, and others–all instructed to verify the relationship as being what those papers say it is.
This is far better than what we had before, which was a blanket ban in which all innocent people were treated as criminals. In fact, it was only not racist from a racist’s point of view. Trump decided it wasn’t worth treated them like humans because some of them were bad. Now, he’s found a way to block them legally by creating loopholes that barely pass the smell test at the Supreme Court enough to put it into effect until their official review when they’re back in session in October.
Now, the verification process may improve under this rule, meaning that we won’t be asking much of the travelers’ home countries, just that they verify the veracity of the relationship of the traveler and the person already here. We just want to make sure that the people coming in are good people, and the assumption of innocence is being taken advantage of. So, the goal is to never abridge or even temporarily suspend the freedoms of the innocent, but Trump has not found a way to do that other than to make the process really hard. In doing so, he may have found a way to verify the relationship, which will help to determine that the person coming in is good. However, he has failed to understand that the way you determine whether someone is an upstanding citizen is not simply based on the integrity of their parents. Moreover, we often pick up more traits from our other relatives and friends than from our parents, especially during our rebellious stages in adolescence. Therefore, Trump may actually be making things worse by separating kids from more virtuous grandparents and allowing impressionable kids to radicalize because only their parents can stop them and they won’t listen at that age.
What does this do to relations with these countries?
Forget about it. Relations with these countries are destroyed. They are lining up with China, which is a mistake, but they are doing so as a retaliation against the United States because they haven’t gotten the support they wanted. Whether we could have provided that support is for a different post altogether because some of their governments are wholly destructive to their people, but they are now aligning with China and others to try to improve their economies, security, and regional relations with other countries that are aligning with China.
What can we do to fix this?