SCOTUS Lets Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Go Into Effect

By Kenrya Rankin Dec 05, 2017

The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to enforce the latest version of the president’s “Muslim ban,” which restricts entry to the United States for nationals of eight countries, six of which are mostly Muslim.

The order is currently facing legal challenges in Hawaii and Maryland, where federal judges blocked the ban from going into effect in October. But yesterday’s (December 4) SCOTUS decision allows the federal government to lock out most citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, plus some government officials and their families from Venezuela.

The Court issued two unsigned orders that stay the judges’ decisions, allowing the travel ban to proceed while the cases wind through the lower courts. There is no explanation of the decision, but both orders include the following line: “Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor would deny the application.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told press that the order was “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people,” per The New York Times. But immigrant advocates and Twitter users of color did not share that sentiment.