US Supreme Court partially lifts the block on travel ban Order

Supreme Court of United States: The US Supreme Court by a 2-1 majority granted a partial victory to the Executive as it lifted important elements of lower court orders blocking the Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.

These cases involve challenges to Executive Order No. 13780, protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The Court held that the 90 day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, along with a 120 day suspension of the US refugee resettlement program, could be only enforced against those who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”.

This order is maintains the balance between the individual rights and the national security. The Court noted that “Denying entry to foreign nationals abroad who have no connection to the United States at all will not burden any American party” and therefore partial ban is justified in light of national security.

Also, the court agreed to hear arguments on the legality of Trump’s controversial order in the autumn, setting up a major test of Trump’s executive authority later in the year. [Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, 2017 SCC OnLine US SC 8 :  582 U.S ____ (2017), decided on 26.06. 2017]

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