The U.S Supreme Court allowed on Monday President Trump’s newest version of the travel ban targeting people form six Muslim-majority countries.
The nine-member court granted his administration’s request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the ban. This is the first time justices have allowed any edition of the ban to go forward in its entirety.
The third edition of the travel ban that was issued in September placed varying levels of restrictions on foreign nationalities from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.
But there are some exceptions to the ban, certain people from each of the mentioned countries can still apply for a visa for tourism, business or educational purposes, and any applicant can ask for an individual waiver.
The Republican president has said that the travel ban is needed to protect the United States from terrorism by Islamic militants.
Trump has promised as a candidate to impose “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” And last he shared on Twitter anti-muslim videos posted by a far-right British party leader.
The Trump administration has said that the ban is not discriminatory and that many Muslim-majority countries are unaffected by it. The administration has now secured support from the Supreme Court to move ahead with implementing it while the appeals in Virginia and California continue.
Hearings are expected in both those cases this week, meaning the ban could wind its way back to to the Supreme Court again in a matter of months. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments for and against the Trump travel ban as soon as the issue has made its way through the lower courts.