Supreme Court Partially Lifts Block on Trump's 'Bigoted' Travel Ban
"We'll be ready," said the ACLU in response to the announcement
The Supreme Court on Monday announced it would hear arguments on President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban—also known as the Muslim Ban 2.0—which had previously been blocked by two federal appellate courts, one of which ruled the ban is "rooted in religious animus" and therefore unconstitutional.
Arguments in the case are set to be heard in October.
Commentators were quick to point out that the Supreme Court's announcement contained a victory for the Trump administration, as the court decided to reinstate portions of the Muslim ban, exempting only those with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
The Washington Post reports:
The action means that the administration may impose a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States, with the exceptions noted by the court.
Trump said last week the ban would go into effect 72 hours after receiving an approval from the courts.
Supreme Court effectively reinstates Trump's travel ban unless you have a relative inside the U.S. or other special circumstances pic.twitter.com/zwgR37Ivj9— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 26, 2017
Human rights groups and immigrant advocates have denounced the travel ban as a "blatant attempt to write bigotry into law." Now that the Supreme Court has reinstated a limited form of the ban, grassroots opposition is expected to surge once more.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), responding to the Supreme Court's announcement, said simply: "We'll be ready."
In a statement, Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang said it has "always been crystal clear that this policy was based on discrimination."
"Reinstating any part of this ban could create chaos in the nation’s airports and tear families apart," Huang concluded. "Rather than keeping anyone safe, this ban demonizes millions of innocent people and creates anxiety and instability for people who want to visit a relative, work, study, return to the country they call home, or just travel without fear."