Supreme Court permits full enforcement of Donald Trump travel ban

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The US Supreme Court on Monday issued an order permitting full enforcement of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges continue to be argued in lower courts.

While not a final ruling, the court is allowing the Trump administration enforce a ban on travel to the U.S. by residents of six mostly Muslim countries — Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The only dissent from the court came from Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor who would have left the lower court order in place had they not had the minority opinion on the court.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley responded to the court’s decision and called the ban “lawful and essential to protecting our homeland.”

 “We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts,” Gidley added.

What happens next?

Federal appeals courts in San Francisco, California, and Richmond, Virginia, will hear arguments this week on whether the Trump’s third executive order of the travel ban policy is lawful.

The Supreme Court noted it expects those lower courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”

Meaning the case will eventually end up back in the Supreme Court, likely by the end of June.