High Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The latest step in the travel ban and its impact on Maine immigrants

US: Supreme Court allows Trump's 'travel ban' to enter effect

"US Supreme Court defends and allows Trump's #MuslimBan to go into full effect, giving bigotry full licence in United States of America".

The revised order bans most travellers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela.

"This decision ignores the very real human consequences to American citizens and their families overseas imposed by President Trump 's Muslim Ban 3.0", said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

Attorney General, meanwhile, called it a "substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people". "This massive victory for American security comes just after President Trump boldly withdrew our country from the UN's risky, irresponsible Global Compact on Migration", it said.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the state of Hawaii filed lengthy responses urging the court to maintain the status quo while the legal claims are heard and decided.

Michael S Glassner, executive director of Donald J Trump for President campaign committee, welcomed the decision.

This week's arguments arrive as Trump continues to stoke those anti-Islam sentiments: Just last week, he drew a sharp condemnation from British Prime Minister Theresa May's office when he retweeted a string of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group purporting to show violence being committed by Muslims. "We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones", he said. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country.

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The latest version, announced in September, targets about 150 million potential travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, though it allows for some admissions on a case-by-case basis. "We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts", Gidley said. Such people will also be barred, with the latest SC order. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the administration's request to allow the latest ban to go into effect.

The Supreme Court's order on Monday was not a decision on the merits of the case. Certain people from each targeted country can still apply for a visa for tourism, business or education purposes, and any applicant can ask for an individual waiver.

The administration has appealed both decisions to federal appeals courts in Seattle and Richmond, Va. Arguments in those appeals are scheduled for this week.

Trump's lawyers were not satisfied with that partial win in the appeals courts.

The travel restrictions generally prevent citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim, from emigrating to the United States permanently. The second one expired in September after a long court fight and was replaced with the present version.

The Justice Department "will vigorously defend the president's lawful action", the White House said, contending its proclamation restricting travel was issued after an extensive worldwide security review.

Alternatively, the proclamation allows the secretary of homeland security to recommend to the president the removal of a country from the travel restrictions if the administration determines that the country has implemented proper vetting and screening standards that meet the security interests of the United States.

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