President Donald Trump's revised travel ban went into effect Thursday night, a day after the Department of Homeland Security announced tougher security measures for flights entering the U.S. in an effort to combat terrorism.
Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic spoke to travelers Thursday at Miami International Airport who are for and against the ban.
"It should have been done a long time ago," Sandy Huelskamp, who supports the travel ban, said. "We are about the only country that opens our arms freely to anybody, and everybody that wants to come here without very many rules or restrictions whatsoever."
"I think it's un-American," another traveler, Doug Allen, said. "I think it's the lazy man's way to enhance homeland security."
The revised ban affects people from six Muslim-majority countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
"I lived in New York City during 9/11, so I don't minimize terrorism, but taking it out on six countries because they happen to have a religion that is Muslim, I don't think is right. It’s against our Constitution," Allen said.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't ban people if they have a credible claim of a bona-fide relationship with someone in the U.S.
So those who have close relatives, such as spouses or parents, will be allowed in, but those with grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles or other extended family members will not be allowed.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says he's concerned the Trump administration may be violating the U.S. Supreme Court's travel ban ruling.
The travel ban temporarily barring some citizens of six majority-Muslim countries from coming into the United States went into effect Thursday.
The new rules stop people from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran and Libya from getting a visa to the United States unless they have a "bona fide" relationship with a close relative, school or business in the U.S.
"It is time that we raised the global baseline of aviation security. We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat," Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.
Kelly described the new security measures as a mix of both "seen and unseen," aiming to protect the almost 200 million passengers that fly in and out of the country each year.
The department said airports will do more thorough passenger interviews and better vetting of future employees.
Kelly said travelers can also expect enhanced screening of electronic devices, such as iPads and laptops.
The security measures will be implemented over time, at least until airlines can get up to speed.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.