The Supreme Court has decided that Donald Trump’s ban against six Muslim-majority countries can go into full effect, even as arguments against it are being made in lower courts to stop its implementation.
The Supreme Court ruling is not saying that the ban is constitutional. In fact, the highest court in the land will be debating that very thing in the months to come. However, the ruling does state that the emergency injunction against the ban was not necessary.
The 7-2 ruling by the Court saw Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting from the other seven and has been largely condemned by activist groups for allowing discrimination to move forward.
But that means that, barring other court decisions, the ban can go into full effect, and the United States can refuse entry to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, plus North Korea and Venezuela.
However, there is an exception for people with “bona fide” links inside the United States such as close family relationships or business ties.
Meanwhile, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals are set to hear arguments against the ban later this week, and these challenges could stall the implementation of the ban.