Handing the White House a huge judicial victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of President Trump’s travel ban affecting occupants of six majority-Muslim countries.
The justices said the policy can take full impact despite multiple legal challenges against it that haven’t yet made their route through the legal system.
The ban applies to people from Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Lower courtrooms had said people from those countries with a “bona fide” relationship with person in the United States could not be prevented from entry.
Grandparents and cousins were among the relatives courts said could not be excluded.
The nine-member high court said in two one-page orders late Monday afternoon that lower court rulings that partly blocked the ban should be put on hold while appeals court in Richmond, Va ., and San Francisco take up the case.
Liberal-leaning Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have left the lower court orders in place.
The justices offered no reason for their ordering, but the administration had said that blocking the full outlaw was making “irreparable harm” because the policy is based on legitimate national security and foreign policy concerns.
Both tribunals are scheduled to hear statements in those cases this week.
Both tribunals are also dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, and the Supreme court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”
Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the questions this word, by the end of June.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley called the ban “lawful and essential to protecting our homeland.”
Gidley added in a statement, “We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending suits operate their behavior through the courts.”
“We are glad to see that the Supreme Court has agreed to allow us to fulfill this most vital mission performed by any sovereign commonwealth. DHS will continue to fully implement the President’s robust and Constitutional counterterrorism agenda in accordance with the law, ” the Department of Homeland Security’s acting press secretary, Tyler Q. Houlton, said.
Trump’s travel ban has been challenged in separate suits by Hawaii and the American Civil Liberties Union. Both have argued the prohibitions discriminate against Muslims and should not go into impact under immigration laws.
“President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is common knowledge — he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter, ” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that the full ban be moving for now, but this order does not address the merits of our assertions. We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones. We will be arguing Friday in the Fourth Circuit that the prohibitions should ultimately be struck down.”
Trump issued his first travelling prohibit within periods of being sworn in as chairman. That version tightened the country’s refugee and visa policies and suspended almost all refugee admissions for four months.
Trump issued a revised version in March after the first was blocked by federal tribunals. The second one expired in September after a lengthy court fighting and was replaced with the current version.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.