The Supreme Court has ruled in President Trump's favor on the travel ban that was so hotly contested earlier in 2017. This is a significant victory for the president.
The ruling, which came down on Monday, said he may put his full travel ban into effect. The full ban will remain in place while legal appeals are being weighed in lower courts.
The decision had only two dissents. The Los Angeles Times writes that this "strongly suggests the justices believe the current version of Trump’s broad travel ban does not exceed his powers under the immigration laws and does not reflect unconstitutional religious discrimination against Muslims."
The court issued an order Monday afternoon, revealing that they had blocked lower court decisions that kept the law from being fully enforced. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
The Times reports that the court's decision in President Trump's favor vindicates a "rather bold" move by President Trump’s solicitor general, Noel Francisco. Two weeks ago, Francisco filed an emergency plea with the high court. The plea urged the justices to bypass two lower courts that were in the process of weighing legal challenges to the third version of Trump’s travel order, which was issued on Sept. 24.
The third version of the travel ban blocks visitors and immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea. The President seems to have added North Korea as a symbolic move since it's unlikely that the United States would receive visitors from the Communist country.
This victory follows up an earlier victory in June. At the time, the justices ruled the administration could refuse entry for visitors and immigrants from several Muslim nations. However, they would not refuse entry to families or other travelers who had a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with person or entity in the United States.”