Kirsters Baish| The United States Supreme Court has just made an extremely important ruling which will allow President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim dominated countries to go into full effect. The ban will prohibit travelers from Iran, Chad, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, but it is still facing some legal challenges.
The Supreme Court ruling covers the third version of the ban that President Trump has been pushing since he was inaugurated in January.
Seven of the nine justices lifted injunctions that were imposed by the lower courts in this policy on Monday. The only justices that would have allowed President Trump’s order to remain blocked were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayer.
Arguments will be heard this week in federal appeals courts in San Fransisco, California as well as in Richmond, Virginia.
Legal Director of the National Immigration Law Center Karen Tumlin took to Twitter to say that Monday’s ruing was “devastating news.” She went on to say, “It’s important to remember that the Supreme Court has NOT addressed the legal merits of the latest Muslim Ban nor the human impacts w/its order today. The fight continues.”
President Trump’s travel bans have all been frustrated in one way or another by the courts.
In January of this year, President Trump signed an order that would ban people from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. It also suspended ALL entry to the United States by refugees. This order also banned Syrian refugee entry indefinitely. It was met with Left-wing protests as well as numerous legal challenges.
In March, a revised version of the order took Iraq off the list. It also halted the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees as well as exempted green card holders as well as dual citizens. The Supreme Court allowed most of the order to go into effect by June. This included a 120 day ban on ALL refugees coming into the United States. However, it allowed for a huge exemption for anyone with a “bona fide connection” to the United States.
The third order from President Trump was announced towards the end of September. This order added on the non-Muslim-majority nations of North Korea and Venezuela.
Federal Judges struck down the order citing that President Trump’s campaign description of his policy as a “Muslim ban” as well as his call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Lower courts have responded as well. They have also found that President Trump’s policy violates the first amendment of the United States Constitution because it did not allow for freedom of religion.