Trump’s policy is slowly becoming a reality as citizens of eight countries might not be banned from travel to the US
Donald Trump’s travel ban is to go into full effect in a significant victory for the president. The supreme court said on Monday that the most recent version of the restrictive travel legislation will be allowed to be enforced, pending appeal.
The third version of Trump’s ban was issued in September and places various limitations upon eight countries, six of which are predominantly Muslim.
The newest court order means the legislation can be enforced, while the policy faces other challenges on the way through the legislative system.
The White House announced that they are “not surprised” by the court’s order.
“We are not surprised by today’s supreme court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
“The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defence of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts.”
The Trump administration has held firm on the idea that the president has the authority to install travel bans to protect national security.
“The constitution and acts of congress confer on the president broad authority to prevent aliens abroad from entering this country when he deems it in the nation’s interest,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in court papers.
Francisco denies the allegations that the legislation is, in fact, a “Muslim Ban” as two non-muslim countries, Venezuela and North Korea, appear in the latest version.
“These differences confirm that the proclamation is based on national-security and foreign-affairs objectives, not religious animus,” he wrote.
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said: “President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret – he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter.
“It’s unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims.
“We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones. We will be arguing Friday in the Fourth Circuit that the ban should ultimately be struck down.”