VIDEO: Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.

The ban applies to travelers 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.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week.

Both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, and the Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions "with appropriate dispatch."

Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.

Here is the statement from Muslim Advocates:

Washington, DC - The following is a statement from Sirine Shebaya, senior staff attorney for Muslim Advocates, regarding the Supreme Court's order allowing President Trump's Muslim ban to go temporarily into full effect. Find more information here about Muslim Advocates' efforts to combat President Trump's Muslim bans. On Friday, December 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral arguments in IAAB v. Trump, a civil action brought by Muslim Advocates that is challenging the latest version of the Muslim ban:

"The Supreme Court's decision to temporarily reinstate the third Muslim ban is a deeply unfortunate setback. But it is not the end of the road. We remain steadfast in our efforts to persuade the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this Friday - and later the Supreme Court - that the Muslim Ban is infused with anti-Muslim animus and should be blocked for good.

We will continue to fight against the ban with even greater resolve knowing that the consequences are so imminent for millions of families.

This decision and the administration's efforts are deeply injurious to Americans. Families have been divided, businesses have suffered, and the American Muslim community has been marginalized and stigmatized.

All nationals of the banned countries should be prepared when traveling to consult with an attorney, to ensure all travel documentation is up-to-date, and to know their rights.

Muslim Advocates remains committed to doing all we can to protect the right of all to live free from unlawful discrimination and harassment."

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.

And here is reaction from Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an order allowing the Trump administration's Muslim Ban to take full effect as legal challenges move forward in lower courts. This ruling will greatly restrict travelers from six Muslim-majority countries -- including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad -- from entering the United States.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), a coalition of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:

"We are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision allowing the enforcement of the Muslim Ban. Allowing this discriminatory ban to take effect will cause real harm to Muslim immigrants and deny those in our communities from reuniting with their loved ones in the United States, many of whom are U.S. citizens and green card holders. This ban is among many policies this administration has advanced that discriminate on the basis of national origin, faith, and immigration status and targets immigrants and communities of color.

Today's decision - while not a decision on the merits and not a final decision on the constitutionality of the ban - will embolden the Trump administration's white nationalist and xenophobic agenda and is a direct assault on our national identity. The high court's ruling ignores the painful lessons we've learned from the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the Chinese Exclusion Act in which the government systematically discriminated against specific groups of people based on national origin.

Despite the Supreme Court's ruling today, this fight is far from over. This is one of many fights for social justice playing out in the federal government this week. While we are focused on the Muslim Ban, we are supportive of those who are advocating for DACA protections, those who are challenging the proposed tax plan, and those fighting to preserve race conscious policies. We will mobilize for all communities of color, Native communities, immigrants, and refugees."


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