Supreme Court allows parts of Trump travel ban to take effect

The Supreme Court said today that it is allowing parts of President Trump‘s travel ban to go into effect and that it will hear arguments in the case in October.

The announcement comes on the last day of the court’s term before summer recess.

In allowing parts of Trump’s executive order to take effect, the court narrowed the scope of injunctions that lower courts put on the temporary travel ban.

The Supreme Court is allowing implementation of the temporary ban on entry into the U.S. of citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, with an exception for people who have what the court called “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

That includes foreign nationals with familial connections in the U.S., students who have already been admitted into an American university and workers with existing job offers in the U.S.

For people from the six countries who have such connections, the injunctions put in place by the lower courts are upheld. These individuals will not be barred under the executive order from coming into the U.S.

But anyone else from the six listed countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who do not have such connections to the U.S. will be subject to the temporary travel ban.

“What the Supreme Court did today was to significantly narrow the scope of the injunctions, limiting them to people with a bona fide connection to the U.S. This is an many ways a clever compromise,” said Kate Shaw, ABC’s Supreme Court contributor. “But it leaves open a number of questions of interpretation and implementation. I think it might lead to a lot of litigation over the summer about who exactly has enough of a connection to the U.S. to satisfy the Supreme Court’s standard.”

With today’s court order, the travel ban is expected to go into effect in 72 hours, in accordance with an earlier White House memo saying that such a delay would “ensure an orderly and proper implementation.”

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