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US: Supreme Court allows full enforcement of travel ban

December 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

Protesters march against the ‘Muslim Ban’ in New York, US on 4 February 2017 [Alisdare Hickson/Flickr]

The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed full enforcement of the latest version of the Trump administration’s travel ban.

The justices ruled the policy could be fully enforced even as legal challenges against it continue in the lower courts.

The ban applies varying limits on visas for nationals from six Muslim-majority countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — as well as from Venezuela and North Korea.

President Donald Trump has issued three versions of the controversial ban since assuming office because two versions were reportedly too restrictive.

In June, the top court allowed parts of the travel ban to go into effect while saying those who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the US should be exempted.

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The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia will be holding discussions on the legality of the ban this week.

The Supreme Court’s decision appears to be another major win for Trump after his long-desired tax bill passed in the Senate on Saturday.