The US Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
The justices said in an order Monday that the policy can take full effect, even as legal challenges against it make their way through lower courts.
The ban applies to travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.
Two of the nine justices dissented in the decision, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor saying they would have left the lower court orders in place.
In one of the lower courts, in Hawaii, Judge Derrick Watson had ruled the ban would mean people being illegally targeted because of their nationality.
In Maryland Judge Theodore Chuang had decided it was unconstitutional because it targeted people based their religion.
Lawyers for Mr Trump’s administration argued to the Supreme Court that the travel ban was based on a “comprehensive” worldwide review.
Last week the Justice Department said “the national interest warrants the exclusion of certain foreign nationals, and conclusively rebuts respondents’ claims that the entry restrictions were motivated by animus rather than protecting national security”.
The state of Hawaii and the International Refugee Assistance Project had argued to the Supreme Court that “the president’s third travel ban, like his first and his second, is irreconcilable with the immigration laws and the Constitution.
“It continues the same policy of excluding Muslims that multiple courts previously held unconstitutional.”
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