Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set


After months of promising, in all caps, that he'd see the challengers of his watered-down travel ban in court, Donald Trump has gotten his wish and gotten the Supreme Court to facilitate that encounter - by agreeing to hear his administration's last-ditch appeal over the blocked executive order barring certain Muslim travelers and refugees from entering the country.

Trump called the Supreme Court's order "a clear victory for our national security".

How officials implement the ban could cause chaos at airports, similar to what happened when Trump's first travel ban executive order was written in January (it was later blocked).

The Trump administration said the 90-day ban was needed to allow an internal review of the screening procedures for visa applicants from those countries.

The Trump administration's ban - put on hold by lower court rulings - can be enforced for travellers from the targeted countries "who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States", until the court hears the case in October, the justices ruled.

He said: "We're disappointed by the US Supreme Court decision on travel ban and do not believe it will help combat terrorism".

Trump had suffered a series of stinging judicial setbacks over the ban, with two federal appeals courts maintaining injunctions on it.

Trump's travel ban's legal woes had left in limbo a key campaign promise by the Republican to crack down on immigration from Muslim countries. It led to at least 746 people temporarily detained at USA airports, some being deported back to their home countries, and untold numbers of others prevented from boarding their flights at airports overseas. He said in a statement that his "number one responsibility" is to keep Americans safe.

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The ban will have run its course by then, raising a question of whether the justices will even issue a decision in the case or dismiss it because it has been overtaken by events. "I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court's decision was 9-0", he said in the statement, again saying that there was a voted decision when there was not.

It also sought to halt issuances of new refugee admissions from around the world for 120 days.

An example of people who have a good-faith relationship are relatives who want to join people who are legally living in the United States and students who want to travel to the country to study at American universities.

People leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017, as justices issued their final rulings for the term.

A "bona fide relationship" would mean "a close familial relationship" to qualify for the exemption, the court said.

Trump issued the order amid rising global concern about attacks carried out by Islamist militants like those in Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and other cities. So while it may seem odd to make exceptions to a travel ban that's meant to completely stem the flow of travelers from Muslim-majority nations, the decision to do so falls neatly in line with America's idiosyncratic immigration laws, historically speaking.

The executive order issued by President Donald Trump titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" was issued back in March. But the very fact that a key Trump policy is now before the nation's highest court - and that his administration hasn't tried to enforce it despite his Twitter tantrums - shows that America's constitutional experiment is still working.