USA top court lets Trump's latest travel ban go into full effect
Dec 05 2017 by Joanne Wise
The Supreme Court ruled Monday afternoon to allow full enforcement of a Trump administration travel ban affecting residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
The ban applies to travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Critics have called it anti-Muslim, while the Trump administration touts it as a measure to combat terrorism. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.
According to the government, the third version came after the Department of Homeland Security sent security and information-sharing requirements to foreign countries in July and identified the eight nations that neither met the requirements nor made improvements.
The justices said in an order Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts.
"President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret-he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter".
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Judges in two judicial circuits - the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco - had cast doubt on Trump's third executive order banning nearly all travel from certain countries.
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It means that even close relatives of people in the USA, such as grandparents and cousins, will be barred from entering the country.
Neal Katyal, representing Hawaii, had urged the justices to leave the lower court's ruling - that echoed the justices' own words from the previous case - intact.
In a separate challenge out of Maryland brought by, among others, the International Refugee Assistance Project, US District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a similar order also partially enjoining the ban in a case that is now pending before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.