Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case

The Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case to decide whether President Trump’s revised travel ban was lawful.1 The revised executive order, which was issued in March, limited travel from six predominately Muslim countries for 90 days and suspended the country’s refugee programs for 120 days.2

Two federal appeals courts have already blocked parts of the order.3 The Supreme Court, in its unsigned opinion, agreed to the administration’s request that the lower court ruling be stayed while the case moves forward.4 This means that foreigners with ties or relationships in the United States would not be prevented from entering the country but that those who are applying for visas who had never been here, or had no family, business or other ties could be prevented from entering for now.5

“We grant the government’s applications to stay the injunctions, to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement of” Mr. Trump’s executive order, the ruling said, “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”6 Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from part of the court’s opinion, saying they would have revived the travel ban entirely while the case was pending with the Supreme Court.7

President Trump said in an official White House statement that the court’s action was “a clear victory for our national security.” He said, “As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citzens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”8


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