Trump’s latest iteration of his travel pause will go fully into effect following a ruling from the Supreme Court. The court granted a request from the administration to allow the temporary ban to go into effect while legal battles continue in lower courts.
The decision passed with two dissenting voices from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayer.
Trump has long promised to temporarily restrict immigration from countries where chaos and terrorism is widespread in order to protect the American people from potentially importing dangerous radicals.
The travel ban impacts citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, who will now, with some exceptions, no longer be able to enter the United States.
Critics of the pause call it a “Muslim Ban” since six of the countries on the list are Muslim majority. Lawyers opposed to the ban argue it unfairly singles out Islam as a faith and therefore violates the First Amendment.
The travel ban has gone through three iterations since January when it was first unveiled. Versions one and two were pulled following judicial opposition. Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked parts of the ban in October.
This version of the ban is indefinite, but is not intended to be permanent.
Clarion’s Raheel Raza explains the first version of the travel ban: