Supreme Court allows for travel ban while appeals are heard

Supreme Court allows for travel ban while appeals are heard

The U.S. Supreme Court has let President Donald Trump's so called "Muslim Travel Ban" go into effect fully without any of the restrictions imposed earlier by lower courts.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were dissenting votes.

The second video Trump retweeted claimed to show a statue of the Virgin Mary being destroyed by a Muslim.

The justices said in an order Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts.

Five of the court's seven justices granted a request from the President's administration to lift injunctions that had partially blocked the ban on travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Appeals courts in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia will be holding debates on the legality of the ban this week.


But the action indicates that the high court might eventually approve the latest version of the ban, announced by President Donald Trump in September.

The Trump administration has maintained that the President has the authority to install travel bans in order to protect national security. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement following the the decision.

Oral arguments are scheduled for soon in both federal appeals court cases on whether the ban exceeds the president's broad powers on immigration.

Judges in two judicial circuits - the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco - had cast doubt on Trump's third executive order banning nearly all travel from certain countries. "We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones".

Under the ban, hundreds of thousands of travelers wishing to visit family in the US, including children, will be barred from entering the country.

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