Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

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The travel ban had been blocked by two lower courts, which ruled that Trump abused his authority and discriminated against Muslims as a religious minority by issuing the ban by executive order.

In an example of "what goes around comes around", the Supreme Court, in a per curiam - that is to say, unanimous - decision, gave the appellate courts their comeuppance, allowing President Trump's travel bans to be in effect as "against foreign nationals overseas who have no connection to the United States at all".

The ruling also said it would permit a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect.

The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, but has yet to say how it will be implemented or what it will do to avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban.

The Trump administration can now enforce the ban against some travellers while it waits for the Supreme Court case to be heard in October.

Mr Trump has hailed the high court's order as a "clear victory for our national security". "I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN!"

That is the standard the lower courts should have followed in reviewing the complaints by individuals that their interests were harmed by the temporary travel ban. The attack on U.S. Congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia, was carried out by an unhinged American Bernie Sanders' supporter.

An official with a higher-education association who asked to remain anonymous to speak freely about the ruling said that at first read, it appears "the court basically agrees with us". In a separate opinion written by Justice Thomas, they said they would have removed the stays of the travel ban in their entirety.

It noted that Trump's executive order already allowed for case-by-case waivers for people with connections to the country.

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Even before the Supreme Court action the ban applied only to new visa applicants, not people who already have visas or are USA permanent residents, known as green card holders. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hard working and productive", Trump added.

The wording of the Supreme Court ruling is likely to cause confusion amongst USA immigration officials, with many pondering how a "bona fide relationship" will be judged.

"As president, I can not allow people into our country who want to do us harm", he said.

The White House has argued that immigration law gives the president sweeping power to block entry to the United States, but challengers charge it violates the US Constitution's ban on religious discrimination and is overly broad.

Even though, parts of the ban are allowed to continue, like Darwish, Harrison is frustrated.

Their claim that Mr. Trump was impermissibly trying to ban travel by Muslims was widely applauded in the liberal community. That court also put a hold on separate aspects of the policy that would keep all refugees out of the United States for 120 days and cut by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000, the cap on refugees in the current government spending year that ends September 30.

After a federal judge struck down the bans, Trump signed a revised order meant to overcome legal hurdles. But officials would struggle to translate the ruling into concrete policy implemented by thousands of consular officers and customs agents around the world, he said.

In March, Trump issued the narrower order.

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