US Supreme Court gives nod to the enforcement of Trump travel ban

Published on : Tuesday, December 5, 2017

banTrump’s travel ban has been ruled by the US Supreme Court and  the travel ban will go into full effect on six main Muslim countries, pending legal challenges.


This is the third attempt by the Trump government to not allow individuals from several countries from coming to the US.



The decision will restrict travellers from Chad, Iran , Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.



On Monday it was observed that seven of the nine justices lifted injunctions that had been imposed by lower courts against the policy. The president’s order was blocked by liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.



Earlier, the lower courts had limited the scope of the ban to individuals not having a ‘bona fide’ relationship with someone in the US. The definition of the ‘bona fide’ US relationship was explained in July by the US Department of State that it will include grandparents and other relatives for visa applicants and refugees from six countries.



The human rights and refugee advocacy group criticized the ban. The ban was challenged by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which mentioned on twitter that the decision is “is not a ruling on the merits”.


Karen Tumlin, the legal director for the National Immigration Law Center said that it was important to remember that the Supreme Court did not address the legal merits of the latest Muslim ban and the human impacts with its order.



The latest ban will be inclusive of restrictions on individuals from North Korea and some officials from Venezuela. The court has allowed the provisions to go into effect. The White House specified that the ban will be targeting individuals from countries which fails to provide information to allow for proper vetting of prospective travellers.

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