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Trump Praises Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling

| by Lauren Briggs

President Donald Trump said that the Supreme Court issued him a "clear victory" after they reinstated part of the commander-in-chief's controversial executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority nations.

"Today's unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security," the president said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail. "It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective."

After a number of defeats in the lower courts, the announcement is indeed a victory for the Trump administration, although the high court could reverse their decision on the ban after they hear a related lawsuit from people traveling from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, notes The Hill.

"As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm," Trump added in the statement, according to the Daily Mail. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive."

The Justices also sided with a lower court that ruled to authorize the government to review global vetting processes for international travelers, notes USA Today.

Most people with visas looking to travel from the affected countries to the U.S. who wish to bypass the partially-reinstated restrictions would need to demonstrate a connection to either an organization or an individual in order to be allowed entry.

"The government's interest in enforcing [the ban], and the executive's authority to do so, are undoubtedly at their peak when there is no tie between the foreign national and the United States," the court said in their ruling, adding that it "may not be enforced" against those who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship" within the U.S., according to USA Today.

In 2016, more than 100,000 people legally entered America from those six countries. Almost 25,000 of those people were refugees paired with sponsor families or non-profit groups, while 30,000 of those arriving had visas authorized for immigration, meaning that more than half would have been allowed entry that year.

"My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe," Trump said in the statement. "Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0."

Since the court was not required to reveal their votes, it is not known who was a part of the majority decision and who, if anyone, sided with the minority, though conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch agreed in a separating ruling that they support reinstating the ban in its entirety, notes The Hill.

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