Breaking News: As the U.S. Supreme Court readies for the end of its current session, it has agreed to consider President Trump’s oft-maligned revised travel ban on the docket for it’s 2017 to 2018 session that begins in October. At the same time, the high court rejected nearly all of the lower courts’ rulings that prevented the travel ban from taking effect.
On June 26, 2017, the high court announced that it would grant the administration’s emergency request for a hearing of two immigration-related cases, one in Hawaii and one in Maryland, in its next session, scheduled to begin in October 2017. In both cases, the lower courts had ruled against the 90-day travel ban for people seeking to come to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – in what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled were too broad of strokes against President Trump’s executive order.
Although Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas would have preferred for the high court to put the travel ban fully into effect with today’s ruling, the majority instead that the ban could go into effect immediately with the exception of “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” which would include a family member or spouse already in the U.S., a person employed or going to school in the United States. The court’s decision goes on to explain, “All other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of [the executive order].”
Reactions to SCOTUS’s decision on social media are mostly polarized, with those who support President Trump’s travel ban on one side and those opposing it reacting negatively to the high court’s decision:
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