Supreme Court af­firms Trump travel ban

Woonsocket Call - - Front Page - By MARK SHER­MAN

WASH­ING­TON — The Supreme Court on Mon­day al­lowed the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to fully en­force a ban on travel to the United States by res­i­dents of six wartorn coun­tries.

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.

But the action in­di­cates that the high court will likely ap­prove the lat­est ver­sion of the ban, an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Septem­ber.

Only two jus­tices, Ruth Bader Gins­burg and So­nia So­tomayor, noted their dis­agree­ment with court or­ders al­low­ing the lat­est pol­icy to take full ef­fect.

The ban ap­plies to trav­el­ers from Chad, Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Syria and Ye­men.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has said that block­ing the full ban was caus­ing “ir­repara­ble harm” be­cause the pol­icy is based on le­git­i­mate na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy con­cerns.

In law­suits filed in Hawaii and Mary­land, fed­eral courts said the up­dated travel ban vi­o­lated fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion law. The travel pol­icy also ap­plies to trav­el­ers from North Korea and to some Venezue­lan govern­ment of­fi­cials and their fam­i­lies, but the law­suits did not chal­lenge those re­stric­tions. Also un­af­fected are refugees. A tem­po­rary ban on refugees ex­pired in Oc­to­ber.

All the rul­ings so far have been on a pre­lim­i­nary ba­sis. The San Fran­cis­cobased 9th U. S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals and the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, will be hold­ing ar­gu­ments on the le­gal­ity of the ban this week.

Both courts are deal­ing with the is­sue on an ac­cel­er­ated ba­sis, and the Supreme Court noted it ex­pects those courts to reach de­ci­sions “with ap­pro­pri­ate dis­patch.”

Quick res­o­lu­tion by ap­pel­late courts would al­low the Supreme Court to hear and de­cide the is­sue this term, by the end of June.

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