On Monday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted the administrations request to lift the injunctions imposed by lower courts that blocked Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries.
The justices said that policy can take full effect despite the legal challenges against it still making its way through lower courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.
The ban applies to travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.
Two of the nine justices dissented in the decision, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, said they would have left the lower court orders in place.
The executive order to suspend travel from the six countries was first temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Seattle a week after it was issued. Since then, the ban was blocked two more times.