This week brought forth a slight victory for the Trump administration as the U.S. Supreme Court said that parts of the controversial travel ban can take effect.
In a 9-0 decision, the high court on Monday, June 26 said that President Donald Trump’s order can continue to bar entry to foreign nationals “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
Examples of the relationships include “a close familial” one, students accepted to U.S. universities, or an individual who accepted an employment offer from an American company, according to the court.
The decision added that it leaves “the injunctions entered by the lower courts in place with respect to respondents and those similar situated.”
The court said it will hear oral arguments for the order, which blocks travelers from six predominantly Muslim nations and refugees, during its next term in October.
The president hailed the ruling on Monday as “a clear victory for our national security.”
“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 citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive,” he said in a statement.
The executive order, which was signed a week after Trump took office in January, initially called for denying individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Meanwhile, the restriction was 120 days for refugees. It took effect immediately, causing hundreds of individuals to be detained at airports around the country, as well as deportations.
After being blocked by the courts, the Trump administration revised the order in March that included the same countries except Iraq and did not apply to visa and green card holders.
This version has seen its own set of legal challenges as well, including being blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland.
On Monday, June 12, the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had ruled that the president was overstepping his authority with this ban. Previously, the 4th Circuit upheld injunctions opposing the ban on the grounds that the travel ban was driven by religious intolerance and discrimination toward Muslims.
Civil rights organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice expressed that it was “disappointed” in the court’s ruling.
“Today we are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court sided with fear while blindly ignoring the hardships faced by refugees and visa seekers. Many Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities have suffered greatly since the first Muslim ban was issued,” the organization said in a statement. “The administration’s Muslim ban foments disturbing trends of anti-Muslim sentiments within the U.S. and abroad. The Supreme Court should not have allowed any part of the Muslim ban to move forward while this executive order is under review.” (Christina M. Oriel / AJPress)
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