The US supreme court has ruled that the ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries can now be fully enforced by the Donald Trump led government.
The highest court in the country made this ruling on Monday after a year long legal battle over the controversial measure which is aimed at curtailing terrorist attacks.
Two lower courts had earlier blocked the implementation of the travel ban on visitors from Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Chad, Syria, and Libya.
Critics of the travel ban argue that it is targeted at Muslims which violates the US constitution. But Donald Trump’s administration say that the ban is crucial to protect US national security and prevent terrorist attacks.
The white house said, “We are not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism,”.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, criticized the ruling.
“This decision ignores the very real human consequences to American citizens and their families abroad imposed by President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri”.
The Supreme Court justices said they expect the lower appeals courts to expedite their decisions, leaving open the possibility that the policy could return to the Supreme Court in yet another legal challenge to the White House.
The San Francisco court will hear the case on Wednesday and the Richmond court on Friday.