Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

The Supreme Court said in Monday's decision: "In practical terms, this means that [the executive order] 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 justices said that the travel ban will go into effect "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States". "I am committed to defending the President's ability to exercise that responsibility and the Department of Justice is confident that the United States Supreme Court will uphold this constitutional and necessary executive order".

Federal courts said the travel ban violated federal immigration law and was discriminatory against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Even though Monday's court move should allow entry to those studying or working at American academic institutions, many from the affected countries remained wary of leaving and then attempting to re-enter the United States, the group said. The combined Muslim population of those five countries amounts to more than 842 million people, which is almost half of all the world's Muslims - all of whom would have been unaffected even by the more draconian version of the travel ban.

The justices will hear arguments in the fall.

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who successfully challenged the ban in lower courts, said that students from affected countries due to attend the University of Hawaii would still be able to do so.

The other basic portion of Trump's initiative, which will remain partially blocked, will be the prohibition on USA entry to citizens of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Libya, although entry will be allowed for people from those countries who have relatives or job contracts in the US.

The nation's highest court on Monday said it would let a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect.

In its definition of what constitutes a "bona fide relationship", the Supreme Court included family members as distant as in-laws, students who have been accepted to universities, people who have been offered jobs in the United States, and anyone invited to lecture to an American audience. "National security is not a "talismanic incantation" that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power".

On Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito, chastized their colleagues for not going far enough in the travel ban cases.

The countries targeted were on a list drawn up by Barack Obama's government of countries whose authorities had very poor data on their own citizens, making it hard to vet the identities of visa applicants.

The Trump administration said the ban was needed to allow an internal review of the screening procedures for visa applicants from those countries. That's because the court ruled only on the injunction and thus dodged the central issue: the legality of the order and the president's authority to pass it.

Kennedy has given no public sign that he would step down this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. At a press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was unable to answer whether the president has reached out to any Democrats.

Trump released a statement praising the decision by the court.

The Justice Department filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court on June 1, urging it to undo the two lower court rulings.

But the White House has insisted that Trump is simply exercising his authority to act on behalf of national security.

Even without the ban in place, arrivals from the six countries has dropped sharply, in part due to the "extreme vetting" approach of U.S. authorities, toughening their scrutiny of visa applicants.