The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the case about President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen in October.
But in the meantime, the court will allow most provisions of the ban to take effect. In a unanimous ruling, the court reinstated the 90-day hold on admissions from certain countries and a 120-day hold on “refugees.”
Two federal appeals courts blocked the president’s attempt to protect Americans from Muslim terrorism. After these setbacks, the government revised the order, to the president’s consternation. From the Washington Times (emphases added):
That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as participation in an education program. Mr. Trump is also free to halt refugee admissions worldwide, with the same exception for people who already have a connection to the U.S.
The justices said Mr. Trump is at the peak of his powers when acting on national security concerns in immigration matters when dealing with people who don’t already have a tie to the U.S.
The court’s ruling was issued in an unsigned unanimous opinion, though Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have gone further and lifted the entire injunctions.
That President Trump’s pick for the high court seems inclined to uphold the travel ban is encouraging news for those who support the administration’s efforts to lower the risk of more Muslim terrorist attacks on American soil.