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SCOTUS hands Trump temporary victory on travel ban

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a temporary stay for President Donald Trump's travel ban. The court's nine justices will decide the permanent fate of the controversial travel ban in October. (Image source: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a temporary victory Monday by agreeing to take up the controversial Middle East travel ban case, which multiple federal judges have ruled unconstitutional. The court will hear arguments in October, but until then, a limited version of the administration's revised travel ban is allowed to go into effect.

The court stated that Trump's temporary ban on individuals traveling to the U.S. from six Middle Eastern, Muslim-majority countries —Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — could go into effect, but with one major exception: The ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The ruling added, "A foreign national who wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit a family member, clearly has such a relationship."

As for what the court described as "entities," which presumably includes individuals traveling for business reasons, "the relationship must be formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading" the travel ban.

It should be noted that the revised 90-day travel ban, which the administration said will be implemented within 72 hours of the ruling, according to the Washington Post, will expire by the time the high court hears the case in October. The revised travel ban also bars refugees from traveling to the U.S. for 120 days. The 120-day period would end in late October.

For these reasons, the court asked both sides to consider whether the case would be moot by the time the justices decide its fate.

Trump signed the revised travel ban March 6, less than two months after the original travel ban, which included the same six countries and Iraq.

Multiple federal judges ruled both the original and revised travel bans as unconstitutional. Critics argued that the travel ban would violate the Constitution by imposing a "religious test" on individuals traveling to the U.S.

All of the countries listed in the travel ban are majority Muslim countries. Several other Muslim-majority countries were not included in the travel ban.

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