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Supreme Court Allows Muslim Ban to Take Effect

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Activists rally in Lafayette Park during a protest against the Trump administration's proposed travel ban, October 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Early Wednesday morning, a federal judge in Maryland granted a motion for a preliminary injunction on the administration's travel ban. This is the Trump administration's third attempt to restrict entry into the United States for citizens from mostly Muslim-majority countries. The Department of Justice said it plans to appeal and the White House issued a statement calling the judge's decision 'dangerously flawed.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Activists rally in Lafayette Park during a protest against the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban, October 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Supreme Court has allowed the current version of President Trump’s travel ban to go into full effect while legal challenges to it go forward. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only dissenters to the unsigned order.

Last month, a panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals modified an injunction issued by a Hawaii federal judge that prevented the current ban from going into effect for the six Muslim majority countries it names: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The 9th Circuit’s panel ruled that “foreign nationals” from those countries with credible claims of “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be allowed into the country.

The Supreme Court’s decision today allows the Trump administration to bar entry to people from the listed countries while legal proceedings regarding the ban continue.

This is a developing story.

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