Supreme Court allows implementation of Trump travel ban

A protest of Trump’s executive orders marched through Sea-Tac International Airport on Jan. 28. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to fully implement his third travel ban on eight countries on Monday, as the issue continues to wind its way through the federal court system.

The 7-2 action means that travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen are barred from entering the United States. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only Supreme Court justices against the action.

Opponents of the ban say that Trump, whose two previous travel bans were blocked by lower courts, targeted Muslims.

Six of the eight countries included in Trump’s current travel ban are majority-Muslim — Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

The New York Times reports that the travel restrictions vary by country.

Trump’s previous travel bans were protested in the Pacific Northwest. After Trump ordered the first ban in January shortly after his inauguration, people demonstrated at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and lawyers organized to help travelers trapped by the sudden announcement. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson also has sued Trump to block his orders preventing travelers from certain countries.

Further reading

Politico: Supreme Court lets Trump fully impose latest travel ban

New York TimesSupreme Court Allows Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

AP (via Seattle Times)Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

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