In a major victory for President Donald Trump, the US Supreme Court has allowed his travel ban to take full effect pending appeal, for people coming from six Muslim-majority countries. As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling, Trump’s travel ban, which restricts travel to the US by people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad without bona fide connections to the US, can take full effect while legal challenges proceed.
Seven of the nine judges lifted restrictions on the travel ban imposed by other courts earlier. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the government’s request. The court gave no reason for its decision, but said it expected lower court review of the executive orders to proceed quickly.
Trump’s travel ban was challenged by Hawaii and American Civil Liberties Union in separate lawsuits. They argued that such a travel ban discriminates against Muslims. “It is difficult to conceive of a more flagrant example of discrimination because of nationality,” said Indian American attorney Neal Katyal, who appeared for Hawaii.