Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

Supreme Court grants Trump's bid to revive full travel ban for now

Supreme Court grants Trump's bid to revive full travel ban for now

The Supreme Court order is a significant win for the Trump administration, which has fought all year to impose a travel ban against citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.

The United States Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the U.S. by residents of six Muslim-majority countries. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.

The nine-member court, with two liberal justices dissenting, granted his administration's request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the ban, which is the third version of a contentious policy that Trump first sought to implement a week after taking office in January. The judges in Hawaii and Maryland found that the ban appears impermissibly discriminatory, has no legitimate national security goal and violates USA immigration law.

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Michael S Glassner, executive director of Donald J Trump for President campaign committee, welcomed the decision. He has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter.

The Supreme Court said the ban will remain in effect regardless of what the appeals courts rule, at least until the justices ultimately decide whether to take up the issue on the merits, which they are highly likely to do. "Almost a year after we rallied at JFK in response to the first Muslim ban, we will continue to fight Trump's plan to turn bigotry into policy and resist this latest assault on our liberties just as we have every day since Trump took office", Choi said.

Iran has always been considered a state sponsor of terror, and is now engaged in a power struggle through proxies with its chief rival Saudi Arabia, in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries. The courts included grandparents, grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people already in the U.S.in this category and students who have secured admissions. Ruling that the ban can go into full event, the Supreme Court still has to vote on whether or not it is constitution, which will happen in the next months to come.

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This means the previous decisions made by Hawaii and Maryland federal courts blocking the ban have been overturned, effectively bringing the ban into implementation.

The ban also covers people from North Korea and a selection of senior officials from Venezuela, but its main focus is travelers from the six mainly Muslim countries. Also unaffected are refugees. A federal judge in Seattle soon blocked it, and courts since then have wrestled with the restrictions as the administration has rewritten them. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Va., and the 9th Circuit are scheduled to hear arguments this week on whether Trump's latest order discriminated based on nationality in violation of a 1965 law.

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".

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