A dual victory of sorts for President Donald Trump and the people that challenged his travel ban after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 26, to hear arguments on the case in October but let parts of the executive order go into effect immediately.
Trump welcomed the unanimous decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”
“As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive,” he said in a statement.
While the court was unanimous in its ruling, three judges wrote that they would not have imposed the partial restrictions on the ban and that these restrictions were likely to be problematic.
The ruling limits the travel ban from being enforced “against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
That includes those coming to the United States for legitimate work and who are not using that as a way to get around the travel ban.
“All other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions,” found the ruling.
But in their partial dissention, Justices Clarence Thomas, joined by Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, wrote the restrictions on the ban could be “unworkable” and lead to “a flood of litigation.”
They warned that individuals affected by the ban would file suit and challenge courts to determine “what exactly constitutes a ‘bona fide relationship,’ who precisely has a ‘credible claim’ to that relationship” and whether the claimed relationship was simply to avoid the ban.
Beyond the court’s restrictions, the ban bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days and could take effect within 72 hours.
A full hearing of the case will take place in October, giving the government an opportunity to challenge those restrictions and the original applicant an opportunity to end the ban.
The ruling overturns two lower courts that had blocked Trump’s executive order from taking effect. The original January order was revised and reintroduced in March.
Matthew Little for Epoch Times
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