The US Supreme Court is allowing Trump’s controversial travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect, although legal challenges against the latest version are still being debated in courts.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six Muslim-majority countries.
The decision is a victory for the White House.
The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.
The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place.
The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week.
Both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, and the Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”
Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.
“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific – but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” President Donald Trump stated in September in the wake of a deadly terror attack in London.