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05 December 2017, 01:26 | Jodi Jackson
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban while legal challenges continue
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts.
Instead of previous temporary travel bans, the president now "has imposed an indefinite one, deepening and prolonging the harms a stay would inflict", says the brief submitted on Hawaii's behalf by Washington lawyer Neal Katyal. Critics have called it anti-Muslim, while the Trump administration touts it as a measure to combat terrorism.
For example, a New York Times piece described this new method of deciding cases as "a set of restrictions on presidential action that only apply to Donald Trump".
This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. "These differences confirm that the Proclamation is based on national-security and foreign-affairs objectives, not religious animus", he wrote.
The videos, posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultra-nationalist political group, depict purported Muslims assaulting people and, in one video, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only two justices who would have left the lower court orders in place. The other two are North Korea and Venezuela. But a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals partially lifted that order. The second version of the ban was permitted to go into limited effect in June after review by the Supreme Court, but key provisions only last for 90 and 120 days.
"Thanks! See you in court next week", wrote Katyal.
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