After having faced challenge in the lower courts the US Supreme Court has allowed the President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban provisions to take effect pending appeal.
According to CNN, this is the first time judges have allowed travel ban to go forward in its entirety. It indicates that some of the judges might be distinguishing the latest version from previous ones that are chances of allowing the ban implemented.
The latest, the third edition of the travel ban placed by Trump administration were issued in September. Under the new version of travel ban, varying levels of restrictions on foreign nationals from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen are proposed.
Several versions of the travel ban directives have been proposed by US administration since Trump took office on January 20 this year.
Earlier the lower courts in two separate challenges had partially blocked the ban. Trump had announced travel ban, initially for six Muslim majority countries. Nationwide protests erupted in support of those who were returning to join their families in the US.
The court order is considered to be a significant temporary win for the Trump administration. The new administration has fought all year to impose a travel ban against citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.
The Trump administration argues that President has the authority to slap travel bans in order to protect national security.
The Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in court saying, “The Constitution and acts of Congress confer on the President broad authority to prevent aliens abroad from entering this country when he deems it in the nation’s interest.” He further said that the ban was necessary “in order to protect national security.”
Meanwhile White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said that he was not surprised by Monday’s order and saying, “We are not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism.”
“The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts.”
After Monday order, if not challenged, ban will be enforced on travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen can now be fully enforced.
President had initially signed an executive order banning all refugee entry and temporarily barring people coming from seven Muslim majority countries. This created chaos at different international airports in US making even the return journey difficult for those who held green card.