The US Supreme Court let President Donald Trump’s travel ban take full effect
This is a major victory for the embattled President. Although there are still legal challenges, it suggests that the court ultimately will uphold the full restrictions of the travel ban that President Trump has asked for.
People from six mostly Muslim countries could face total barring or restricted entry now.
This ruling supersedes the earlier version of the travel ban where the justices exempted people with solid U.S. connections.
This was a divided ruling with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissenting
They would have left the lower courts ruling in place which allowed travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who had a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States.
The lower court had ruled that Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded. Of course there were challenges to that, especially from the countries where no records were available.
There are still issues being dealt with in the lower courts. The Supreme Court is expected to receive those rulings shortly.
Lower courts will continue to hold hearings. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on those legal issues by June. The full travel ban will remain in effect until then.
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 continued arguments this week.
The Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch”.
Quick action by appellate courts would give the Supreme Court the opportunity to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.
In the meantime, the full (third revision) of the Trump Travel Ban will be in force.
This is a major legal victory for President Trump and will no doubt be met with a huge outcry from those who oppose the travel ban.