On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court handed the white House a huge victory. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Trump’s travel ban can take full effect while the appeals process continues. The travel ban will affect residents of six majority-Muslim countries, as well as two other countries .
The travel ban will take effect despite many legal challenges. Many of the legal challenges that might affect the decision have not yet made it through the legal system.
The ban will affect residents in six Muslim countries. The countries that will be affected are Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen; as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
President Trump’s travel ban has been heard by lower courts and they have said that people from those countries with a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be prevented from entry. This means that family members are among the relatives they could not exclude nor deny entry into the United States.
The high court ruling is not permanent. In two one-page orders, the Justices said that the lower court rulings that partly blocked the ban should be put on hold while appeals courts in Richmond, Va., and San Francisco take up the case.
This means that President Trump’s travel ban can take full effect while the appeals courts have a chance to hear the case.
The decision to let the ban go into effect was overwhelmingly approved 7 to 2. Two of the nine-member Justices said that they would have left the lower court orders in place. The two Liberal Justices that ruled against the ban were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
No explanation was give on why the ban was allowed to take effect, but many believe that the policy is based on legitimate national security and foreign policy concerns.
Both appeals courts in Richmond, Va., and San Francisco are scheduled to hear arguments in those cases this week.
Both court were advised by the Supreme Court to expedite the cases and provide a ruling as soon as possible.
A quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue by the end of June, in the current term.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley released a statement saying that the travel ban is “lawful and essential to protecting our homeland.” He further stated, “We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s acting press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton, stated that the Department of Homeland Security will “continue to fully implement the President’s robust and constitutional counterterrorism agenda in accordance with the law.”
President Trump’s travel ban has been challenged in separate lawsuits that have argued that the ban discriminates against Muslims and should not go into effect under immigration laws.
In the last two years terrorist attacks in Europe have increased and many believe that the travel ban is something that is needed to keep the United States and the American people safe from future terrorist attacks. Many people believe that the travel ban is based on legitimate national security and foreign policy concerns.
The travel ban is one of the first things President Trump ordered within days of being sworn in as president.
The first version of the ban tightened the country’s refugee and visa policies and suspended almost all refugee admissions for four months. The ban was later revised after the first was blocked by federal courts.