Supreme Court allows Trump’s travel ban to go into effect

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The Supreme Court decided on Monday to allow President Trump’s travel ban targeting refugees and citizens from six predominately Muslim-majority nations to go into effect.

In their ruling this week, seven of the Supreme Court’s nine justices lifted an injunction against the latest version of Trump’s travel ban. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor noted their objections to the decision. The ruling will allow the ban to take effect while legal challenges are ongoing.

Citizens from Iran, Syria, Chad, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen will be impacted by the ban. Entry by North Koreans and some Venezuelan officials is also barred. The ban is often referred to as a Muslim ban, both because of the countries it targets and because, as a presidential candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The travel ban iteration at the center of Monday’s decision is only the latest version of its kind. Two prior attempts to implement a similar travel ban were met with repeated legal obstacles, with opponents utilizing the president’s own tweets as evidence that the ban intentionally targeted Muslims.