President Trump scored a victory Monday when the Supreme Court allowed the administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six Muslim-majority countries.
The court ruled 7-2 to grant the administration’s request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the travel ban — the third version of a contentious policy that Trump first sought to impose after taking office in January.
The high court’s action means the ban will now go fully into effect for all people seeking to enter the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad.
Lower courts had previously limited the scope of the ban to people without family or other connections to the United States.
The ban also covers people from North Korea and certain officials from Venezuela, but lower courts had already allowed those provisions to go into effect.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
The Supreme Court said in two one-page orders Monday that lower-court rulings that partly blocked the latest ban should be put on hold while appeals courts weigh the cases.
The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week.
Both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis. Quick resolution would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue by the end of June.