The US Supreme Court handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary bans on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the United States while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight.
The court, which narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked his March 6 executive order, said on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.
The justices granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.
The court said that the travel ban will go into effect “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” …
Three of the court’s conservatives said they would have granted Trump’s request in full, including Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.
The decision to overturn parts of the lower court injunctions was unanimous, which is significant.
The three Justices who said they would have stayed the injunctions in full are Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch.