The Supreme Court has partially reinstated Donald Trump’s travel ban – meaning that citizens from six Muslim-majority countries without any connection to the US will now be barred from traveling.
President Trump said last week that the ban would go into effect 72 hours after receiving an approval from the courts.
Two federal appeals courts have previously blocked critical parts of the order.
Monday’s ruling is a partial victory for the President, who wanted all citizens from Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Syria and Libya barred from arriving on US shores.
“The interest in national security is an urgent objective of the highest order,” they said in their ruling.
The Supreme Court stopped short of banning all arrivals, as the President had wanted.
But it did agree to an emergency measure, taking effect immediately, which will prevent anyone who cannot prove a solid connection with anyone already in the US from arriving.
Only those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” can pass US borders.
Fox News reports:
In a victory for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Monday lifted key components of an injunction against President Trump’s proposed ban on travel from six majority-Muslim nations, reinstating much of the policy and promising to hear full arguments as early as this fall.
The court’s decision means the justices will now wade into the biggest legal controversy of the Trump administration — the president’s order temporarily restricting travel, which even Trump has termed a “travel ban.” The court made clear that a limited version of the policy can be enforced for now.
“An American individual or entity that has a bona fide relationship with a particular person seeking to enter the country as a refugee can legitimately claim concrete hardship if that person is excluded,” the court wrote. “As to these individuals and entities, we do not disturb the injunction. But when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States, for the reasons we have set out, the balance tips in favor of the Government’s compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.”The justices decided to review the broader constitutional issues over executive authority on immigration with oral arguments to be held in the fall.
Trump has been incensed since his original executive order, signed on Jan. 27, was partially blocked by a federal court.
“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions can come into U.S.?” Trump tweeted on Feb. 4.
He added on Feb. 11: “Our legal system is broken!”
In early March, Trump issued a revised executive order — which also had key provisions blocked by federal courts.
Trump has been spoiling for the Supreme Court to take up the case and eager to get it out of the hands of what he sees as more liberal appellate judges.
Four days after signing the original ban, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated when Antonin Scalia died. Gorsuch, who has since been confirmed, is largely seen as a conservative, originalist justice in the Scalia mold and could help Trump claim an even more definitive victory after arguments.
“The Government has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits – that is, that the judgments below will be reversed,” wrote Justice Thomas, supported by Alito and Gorsuch. “The Government has also established that failure to stay the injunctions will cause irreparable harm by interfering with its ‘compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.’”
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