U.S court partly lifts Trump travel ban injunction

Protesters march against President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The US Supreme Court has partially lifted an injunction against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

America’s highest court also granted an emergency request from the White House allowing part of the refugee ban to go into effect.

The justices said they would consider in October whether Mr. Trump’s policy should be upheld or struck down.

The order seeks to place a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on refugees.

The Supreme Court said in Monday’s ruling that President Trump’s travel ban can go into effect for foreigners who lack a “bona fide relationship” with someone in the US.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch wrote in the ruling that they would have allowed the travel ban to go into full effect, pending a review.

The policy had been left in limbo since it was struck down by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, who found it to be discriminatory.

Those lower courts ruled against the executive order days after the president issued a revised version with a narrower scope on 6 March.

The original ban, released on 27 January, provoked mass protests at American airports.

 

Zainab Sa’id