On Monday, President Donald Trump scored a major victory when the Supreme Court determined the full travel ban can go into effect until the lower courts address the current legal appeals. Only two justices are dissenting with the position, allowing it to move forward in its entirety for the time being.
The Supreme Court issued an unsigned order that allows the full enforcement of the ban based on a request for a stay by the Trump administration. The decision prevents the lower court decisions from blocking the ban while appeals are being heard.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority opinion, though did not specify the reasons behind their decisions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement calling the decision a “substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people.”
He added, “The Constitution gives the president the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats, foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing these goals.”
The solicitor general had filed a plea with the Supreme Court two weeks ago requesting that the justices bypass the block on the third version of the travel orders issued by Trump on September 24.
Under the ban, visitors and immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen would be restricted from entering the country regardless of whether they had a “bona fide” relationship with a person who was already legally in the United States, such as the cousins or grandparents of legal immigrants. Some officials from Venezuela would also have their travel activities restricted.
However, no existing visas would be revoked under the ban, and those who are currently authorized to travel into the country for other reasons would not be directly affected.
The administration asserts that the included countries lack the “identity management” systems necessary to allow US officials to identify travelers who may pose a “heightened risk.”
Those who oppose the ban state that the travel order unfairly targeted Muslims.
The Supreme Court’s decision means that lower court rulings that resulted in a partial block of the travel ban would be put on hold while two appeals courts, on in Richmond, Virginia, and one in San Francisco, California, take up their respective cases. According to Fox News, arguments are scheduled to be heard in both courts this week.