Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’: US Supreme Court to Determine Fate

Published June 26th, 2017 - 01:00 GMT
Protests against the so-called "Muslim ban" in Chicago earlier this year (AFP_
Protests against the so-called "Muslim ban" in Chicago earlier this year (AFP_

The US Supreme Court could determine the fate of US President Donald Trump's travel ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations as early as Monday.

The high court is expected to decide this week whether it will hear appeals of lower court rulings that halted the ban from taking effect.

It could also choose not to take up the case, leaving in place the lower court rulings.

If it takes up the case, it would be unlikely to hear arguments until autumn and could either continue blocking the ban or allow it to take place in the meantime.

The court is conducting its last week of business of the current term and is due to announce decisions Monday in its outstanding cases, but proceedings could extend into subsequent days, leaving the exact timing of a decision unclear.

Two US appeals courts upheld lower court decisions halting the ban to allow legal challenges on the basis of religious discrimination. The Trump administration has appealed to the Supreme Court.

The executive order had banned the new visas from being issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and also sought to halt issuances of new refugee admissions from around the world for 120 days.

Trump had issued an initial travel ban for seven countries and a temporary stop to all refugees shortly after taking office that caused widespread disruptions at international airports and protests from Muslims, rights groups and others.

The Trump administration said it believed it had addressed the legal concerns with its revised order.


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