Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Supreme Court Allows Trump’s Latest Muslim Ban To Go Fully Into Effect As Legal Challenges Continue

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Donald Trump's Muslim ban, targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries, to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts.

The court, in a 7-2 ruling, granted the administration’s request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked what is Trump's third version of his highly contentious ban.

The court’s action means the ban will effect for people seeking to enter the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad.

Lower courts had previously limited the scope of the ban to people without certain family or other connections to the United States.

But the Supreme Court said in two similar one-page orders that the lower court rulings that had partly blocked the latest ban should be put on hold while appeals courts in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia weigh the cases.

Both courts are due to hear arguments in those cases this week.

Two of court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, were the lone dissenting voices.

Trump’s ban also covers people from North Korea and certain government officials from Venezuela, but lower courts had already allowed those provisions to go into effect.

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