SCOTUS Gives Green Light to Enforce Part of Travel Ban from Muslim Countries


On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Trump’s travel ban new life in a move the president called “a clear victory for our national security.”

Here’s what the decision means, according to The Washington Times: the Trump administration can pause most admissions from the six countries on the ban list — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days and refugee admissions from those countries for 120 days. Only citizens who have connections to the U.S., i.e. participants in a student program, relatives living in the states, are exempt.

The justices wrote in their unanimous decision, “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 hard- ship if that person is excluded. 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.”

"Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland," said President Trump. "I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court's decision was 9-0."

“My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe,” he added.

Another victory in the case was the court agreeing to take up the administration’s appeal of lower court rulings from states which refused to follow the initial executive order.

SCOTUS will reexamine the broader implications of the order when it begins its new session in October.

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