17:05, December 04 293 0 abajournal.com

2017-12-04 17:05:06
Supreme Court lets Trump’s latest travel ban take full effect

Politico and the Washington Post have stories. The orders, here and here, were issued in appeals from orders by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the government request.

The orders remain in effect while the government’s appeal is heard in two appeals courts and, if cert is granted, until the Supreme Court rules. “In light of its decision to consider the case on an expedited basis,” the Supreme Court said in both orders, “we expect that the Court of Appeals will render its decision with appropriate dispatch.”

The latest travel ban restricts travel to the United States from eight countries, including six predominantly Muslim nations.

The eight countries on the list are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, although the travel ban for the South American country only applies to some government officials and their families. The travel restrictions vary based on the country.

The Hawaii judge, Derrick Watson, had ruled the latest ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality” and issued a nationwide order blocking the restrictions on travel from six majority-Muslim countries. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had partly overturned Watson’s order, allowing the travel ban to take effect against those who do not have a bona fide relationship to persons and entities in the the United States.

The Maryland judge, Theodore Chuang, had allowed the travel ban to take effect, with the bona fide relationship exception.