US Supreme Court Backs Trump 'Muslim Travel Ban'

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Travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will be affected by the ban, which still faces legal challenges from the lower courts.

GONZALES: Well, there are two courts of appeal, the 9th Circuit in California and the 4th Circuit in Maryland, who will be hearing arguments against the travel ban this week.

The court, with two of the nine justices dissenting, granted the US administration's request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the ban.

Saleh's recent defection from the rebel camp and now his death shattered the alliance that had helped the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, rise to power in 2014 - giving the government and the Saudi coalition supporting it with airstrikes hope for a turning point in a stalemated war that has brought humanitarian disaster. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.

The high court's order allowing the Trump administration to enforce the policy in full was unsigned, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor opposed the decision and favored leaving the lower court rulings in place, the Associated Press reported.

Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said that it is unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now. The judges had allowed travelers who have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.

President Donald Trump won a big victory Monday in the Supreme Court, which upheld his "extreme vetting" on immigration into the United States. The addition of North Korea is mostly symbolic, since the government did not expect to see visitors arriving from that country. And, Richard, bring us up to date.

Monday's decision doesn't necessarily mean the Supreme Court will again side with the Trump administration should it consider the ban in the future, Tumlin told Newsweek.

Yemeni rebels killed their onetime ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's former president, as they gained the upper hand in days of fighting with his forces for control of the capital, Sanaa.

"President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret-he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter". If the Court grants the petition for a writ of certiorari, this order shall terminate when the Court enters its judgment.

KELLY: That's NPR's Richard Gonzales updating us on news today out of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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