US Supreme Court to allow Trump's 'Muslim ban' to go into full effect
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In January earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled Donald Trump's first travel ban unconstitutional before approving a second reduced ban in June.
The current ban on six Muslim majority countries is the third version that Trump has passed since taking office. The countries effected include Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Republicans are arguing such a ban is in the interest of national security.
Seven of the nine justices have decided in favour of lifting injunctions imposed by lower courts on the policy. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor denied the request to allow the latest ban to go into effect.
This will be seen as a major victory for Trump who is now able to impose one of his key electoral promises.
The ban still faces legal challenges from lower courts but the constitutional backing from the Supreme Court, the US judicial branch’s highest level, gives the ban a heightened sense of legality.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement:
"The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts.
Omar Jadwat, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project pointed out the anti-islamic manifestations the ban implies:
"President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret - he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter.
"It's unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims.
"We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones. We will be arguing Friday in the Fourth Circuit that the ban should ultimately be struck down."