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The Supreme Court will hear the Trump administration’s challenge to the federal rulings that blocked the president’s executive order on immigration, which placed a travel restriction on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.
The case will be heard in October but the court has already lifted some of the injunctions placed by federal judges on the executive order, meaning that the key elements of the travel ban may be implemented in the intermediary period.
Also bad news from SCOTUS, in taking the Muslim/Refugee ban: The cert petition also allows the refugee ban to partially go into effect. pic.twitter.com/iEMRPoqSRd— Philip Wolgin (@pwolgin) June 26, 2017
President Donald Trump made the measure a central campaign promise when he called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States as a presidential candidate. The original order, on Jan. 27, sparked fierce protests across the country and faced legal opposition in the court, where it was struck down.
In March, the administration issued a revised immigration order in an attempt to circumvent the legal issues that held up the original.
The revised ban implemented a renewed 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The country’s refugee program was also to be frozen for 120 days. The revised order was also stopped in court.
Per the Supreme Court, both the 120-day refugee and the 90-day ban will be allowed to be in place, lifting the injections, until the court’s ruling. The court, however, made an exception, saying it “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
Earlier in June, the president took to Twitter to defend the travel ban.
People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
Update 11:22am CT, June 26: President Trump issued a statement declaring the Court’s decision today a “clear victory.”
POTUS: SCOTUS allowing some parts of travel ban to take effect "allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland." pic.twitter.com/8wPtNaQAct— ABC News (@ABC) June 26, 2017
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.