US Supreme Court Gives Trump the Okay to Implement his Travel Ban in Full

The Supreme Court of the United States has given President Donald Trump permission to enact his travel ban policy in its entirety, pending appeal.

In June, the courts allowed a limited version of the ban to take effect, including a 120-day suspension of the United States refugee resettlement program).

The ruling exempted restrictions on foreigners with “bona fide” family, business or educational ties to the United States.

Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were included among those that courts said could not be refused entry.

However, the seven of the nine justices issued a stay on Monday which will lift the injunctions previously imposed, thereby allowing President Trump to apply the policy to individuals with those ties.

This is the third iteration of the ban, which President Trump issued by proclamation in September.

It seeks to limit travel to the United States for citizens of eight specific countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen – six of which are classified as “majority Muslim”.

The initial Associated Press report suggests that the travel ban is specifically targeted at six Muslim majority countries.

This misreporting of the facts could be interpreted as an argument that the ban represents religious discrimination.

This may be true – the President has been known to express anti-Islamic views – but the ban will also affect countries which are not classified as being Muslim majority; i.e. North Korea and Venezuela.

The administration has clashed with the governments of both North Korea and Venezuela since President Trump came to power at the beginning of the year.

Two justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor – indicated that they would have denied the administration’s request to fully implement the policy.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will hold arguments on the legality of the ban this week.

Both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis; the Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”

Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.

Cover photo: Syrian refugees.

Naomi Smith

Naomi is a freelance writer based in London, UK. She is studying for a Master's degree in Investigative Reporting at Birkbeck College. She can also be found writing about gaming and films at Her hobbies include media reform, online video, writing short stories and travelling the world.