The Supreme Court reinstated several key aspects of President Trump’s executive order regarding strict immigration guidelines on Monday, allowing the White House’s proposed ‘travel ban’ on six Muslim-majority nations to proceed, reports Fox News.
The Supreme Court’s decision lifts the lower court’s injunction that blocked the Trump administration from temporarily halting all legal immigration and refugee seekers from Libya, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; adding that foreigners who lack specific “bona fide relationships with any person or entity in the United States” will not be allowed in to the country.
"An American individual or entity that has a bona fide relationship with a particular person seeking to enter the country as a refugee can legitimately claim concrete hardship if that person is excluded,” the court states. “As to these individuals and entities, we do not disturb the injunction. But when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States, for the reasons we have set out, the balance tips in favor of the Government’s compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.”
An example of a “bona fide relationship” would be an individual with a formal acceptance to a university in the United States, or a relative who currently resides in the U.S.
The Supreme Court justices will hear broader oral arguments over the President’s travel ban this fall; making a decision that will have long standing implications regarding presidential authority for decades to come.
President Trump has long contested that the executive branch has the power to limit entry to the United States in order to “protect the American people.”