Amer­i­can travel ban partly al­lowed

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WASH­ING­TON: A Supreme Court de­ci­sion to par­tially re­in­state US President Don­ald Trump’s tem­po­rary travel ban has left the ef­fort to keep some for­eign­ers out of the US in a murky mid­dle ground, with unan­swered ques­tions and pos­si­bly more lit­i­ga­tion ahead.

The jus­tices ruled on Mon­day in an un­signed opin­ion they would hold a full hear­ing on the case in Oc­to­ber. In the mean­time, the ad­min­is­tra­tion can bar trav­ellers from six ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries from the US if they don’t have a “cred­i­ble claim of a bona fide re­la­tion­ship” with some­one or some en­tity in the coun­try.

It’s un­clear what will ul­ti­mately con­sti­tute a “bona fide re­la­tion­ship”, though the rul­ing sug­gested that an Amer­i­can job, school en­rol­ment or a close rel­a­tive could meet that thresh­old. Equally un­clear is how many for­eign­ers will be af­fected from the six coun­tries: Syria, Su­dan, Iran, Ye­men, Libya and So­ma­lia.

The rul­ing was seen as at least a par­tial vic­tory for Trump in the big­gest court case of his pres­i­dency.

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