The United States Supreme Court on Monday allowed parts of President Trump’s Travel Ban to go into effect, and agreed to hear oral arguments on the case in the fall. The Court said the ban applies to individuals who lack a “bona fide” relationship with any person or entity in the US. They said individuals accepted as students to US universities or as employees of US companies, for example, will not be subject to the ban. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in part, with Justice Samuel Alito and newly appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch joining. He argued the compromise the Court issued puts a difficult burden on the government for deciding what constitutes a bona fide relationship, and many litigations on the matter could result.
Earlier in 2017 US courts struck down Trump’s ban on multiple occasions, repeatedly challenging its constitutionality. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the executive order “speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance.” The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the President did not offer sufficient justification to ban entry into the US--for what would end up being more than 180 million people--on the basis of nationality. Additionally, the 9th Circuit said the President exceeded his statutory authority with this executive order based on the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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