Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Trump travel ban to be fully enforced

US President Donald Trump won a legal victory yesterday when the country's Supreme Court ruled that his latest travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can be fully enforced.

Seven of the court's nine judges agreed to lift two injunctions imposed by lower appeal courts two months' ago that had partially blocked the ban while legal challenges to it continue.

The ruling means that the policy, which bans residents of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from travelling to the US, can take full effect pending the outcome of the appeals.

A White House spokesman said: "We are not surprised by today's Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the president's proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism.

"The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defence of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called yesterday's ruling 'a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people'.

Two of the Supreme Court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, said they would have denied the Trump administration's request to lift the injunctions, which were imposed by US appeals courts in Virginia and California.

However, the Trump administration has now secured support from the Supreme Court to move ahead with implementing the ban while the appeals in Virginia and California continue.

Hearings are expected in both those cases this week.

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