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Dec 4, 2017

Breaking News: Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Travel Ban

Today, through a brief and unsigned order, the Supreme Court of the United States will immediately allow the Trump administration to fully enforce the latest travel ban restricting travel for nationals of: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and Somalia.  The decision was supported by seven Justices, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.

Previously, lower courts had issued a partial injunction, stating that nationals from the named countries would still be eligible for visas if they had a “bona fide” relationship to someone in the United States. 

The 9th and 4th U.S. Circuit courts are hearing oral arguments on the underlying legality of the ban this week, and the Supreme Court has noted that it anticipates both courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch.”  If the courts to reach a decision quickly, the Supreme Court could hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June.

A full analysis of today’s ruling will be forthcoming. Contact us today if you have any questions relating to the Travel Ban and its application to you, your family, or your employees.

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