Supreme Court partially upholds Trump travel ban

The United States Supreme Court will decide if President Trump's revised executive order imposing a travel ban for six mostly Muslim countries passes legal muster, an announcement said Monday.
By Tyler Henderson | Jun 28, 2017
The United States Supreme Court will decide if President Trump's revised executive order imposing a travel ban for six mostly Muslim countries passes legal muster, an announcement said Monday.

The court said it will hear oral arguments in the case in October.

The revised temporary ban, which Trump issued in March, limited travel from the six countries for 90 days and suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days in order to remedy deficiencies in the nation's vetting procedures.

Although the Trump administration had asked for a stay in the lower court ruling while the case was pending, the justices granted only part of that request.

The court said that foreign nationals with ties to family, business, or institutions in the U.S. could not be barred from entering the country. But those who lack "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" could be prohibited, said the unsigned opinion, as reported by The New York Times.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch dissented in part, saying they would have reinstated the travel ban without exceptions while the case is being decided.

The Supreme Court will be reviewing two lower court rulings that blocked the travel ban.

One, a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, held that the travel ban was essentially a ban on Muslims and violated the First Amendment's prohibition on the establishment of religion. The other from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Trump had gone beyond his statutory authority.

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