Supreme Court Cold Shoulder’s Travel Ban

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Trump administration demanding that immigrant family relatives of U.S. citizens be denied entrance in the country. The move will shield more than 24,000 refugees coming from terrorist-prone countries like Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

A Controversial Travel Ban

The Trump administration wanted Trump’s travel ban on refugees coming from six predominately Muslim countries to be extended to family relatives such as grandparents. On July 14, a Hawaii court rejected the administration’s request, so the case reached the supreme court.

However, the highest court’s latest ruling is temporary as it awaits a review of the case from the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court for a final decision. What’s more, the latest decision does not affect the Supreme Court’s prior decision which gave the green light to Trump’s travel ban.

The controversial travel ban stems from Trump’s campaign promise to ban all Muslims from entering the country until the feds can figure out who the masterminds of terrorist attacks such as the San Bernardino Shooting are, and capture them.

Supreme Court Upholds the Ban

Trump honored the promise as the travel ban was one of the first executive orders he signed since taking office in January. On Jan. 27, he enacted the ban which prohibited people from Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Syria from entering the U.S. for three months.

The ban sparked a series of legal challenges in the nation’s courts, with opponents arguing that the travel ban is deeply discriminatory on Muslims. Multiple federal courts put the ban on hold, which prompted Trump to come up with a lighter version of the ban in March, in which Iraq was no longer targeted. In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld large parts of the ban and allowed it to proceed despite lower courts’ efforts to stop it.
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