The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts.
He expressed regret that the court's move gives "bigotry full license in US".
Then, ruling on an earlier version of the travel order, the justices said the administration could refuse entry for visitors and immigrants from several Muslim nations, but not to families, travelers and others who had a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with person or entity in the United States".
Generally, the policy, announced by presidential proclamation, bars most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Chad, Yemen, North Korea, and Somalia, and certain groups of people from Venezuela, from traveling to the United States.
Trump had promised as a candidate to impose "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".
President Trump met with the Libyan prime minister on December 1 to discuss counter-terrorism efforts. Such people will also be barred, with the latest SC order. "He has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter", he said, referring to the President retweeting a series of anti-Muslim videos posted by a British nationalist.
The lower court bans did not block the restrictions on Venezuelan officials or immigrants from North Korea.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the USA travel ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries in a tweet Monday.
"The government's national security rationales have also grown more attenuated: The order itself acknowledges that the affected aliens can safely be vetted and granted entry, so long as they seek visas the government prefers, and the government's delay in requesting a stay makes plain that no exigency warrants this court's immediate intervention".
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The court's brief, unsigned orders on Monday urged appeals courts to move swiftly to determine whether the latest ban was lawful.
The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the merits of Hawaii's challenge on Wednesday in Seattle. The banned groups also include - relatives of United States citizens and people with offer of employment from US-based businesses - before the Court hears the lawsuits filed against Trump travel ban.
The national ACLU plans to argue at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday that the ban should ultimately be struck down.
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The language is drawn from a Supreme Court decision last June that exempted such foreign nationals from Trump's second version of the executive order, which expired this fall.
"All it takes is a simple Google search and we see that the real threat is internal [to the US]".
Department of Homeland Security acting Spokesman Tyler Houlton said the agency is pleased with the Supreme Court's decision and will "continue to fully implement the President's robust and Constitutional counterterrorism agenda in accordance with the law".
"To be honest, it's emotional for me, because the belief that I've always had in this country is really being tested", she said, her voice shaking.