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US Supreme Court approves Trump travel ban on six countries

US Supreme Court approves Trump travel ban on six countries

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed for the full implementation of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban. The ACLU is representing some opponents of the ban.

The court's action vindicates a rather bold procedural move by Trump's Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

Trump had promised as a candidate to impose "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

This comes days after Trump provoked international outrage by retweeting three Islamophobic videos, purporting to show Muslims committing violent acts, posted by a leader of a British far-right group. The addition of North Korea is mostly symbolic, since the government did not expect to see visitors arriving from that country. Now even these people will be barred.

The ban applies to approximately 150 million citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea. Both courts are due to hear arguments in those cases this week.

In the majority opinion, the remaining justices said they expected the lower courts to reach decisions "with appropriate dispatch".

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At least one legal observer, Carl Tobias, who teaches at the University of Richmond School of Law, says the government can claim this as a temporary victory and that this might be an indicator that the Supreme Court will side with the administration when all is said and done.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the administration's request.

The announcement that the high court sided with the administration, which had requested a lifting of lower courts' rulings preventing full enforcement of the travel ban, came in a terse order without explanation of its reasoning. Certain people from each targeted country can still apply for a visa for tourism, business or education purposes, and any applicant can ask for an individual waiver.

KELLY: That's NPR's Richard Gonzales updating us on news today out of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ban is the third version of a policy unveiled by Mr Trump in his first week in the White House. The second one expired in September after a long court fight and was replaced with the present version. The judges had allowed travelers who have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

The ruling gave no indication that the Supreme Court weighed inflammatory remarks or tweets made by Trump about Muslims, or his campaign promise to implement a full Muslim ban.