President Trump's travel ban will go into effect Thursday night, barring travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days.
The ban that bars travelers from travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days was reinstated by the Supreme Court on June 26. The court announced that the policy will be enforced on June 29 as it waits to hear the oral arguments in the fall.
Trump issued a statement declaring that the Supreme Court decision was "a clear victory for our national security."
That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
The travel ban has been a highly contested issue over the past several months. Trump issued his first travel ban order, one that didn't allow people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United States for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days, one week into his term. But it was blocked by the lower courts shortly thereafter.
Airports across the country were filled with people protesting the ban.
President Trump tried again in March, with a revised version of the ban that did not include Iraq. But that version was blocked on grounds that it discriminated against Muslim countries, citing rhetoric Trump used on the campaign trail as evidence that his intent was to discriminate against Muslim people.
The Richmond, Virginia-based Fourth Circuit Court said in its ruling that on "numerous occasions, [Trump] expressed anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States."
"On December 7, 2015, Trump posted on his campaign website a 'Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration,' in which he 'call[ed] for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what is going on,'” the court said in their statement.
The Supreme Court did not review Trump's past remarks on the travel ban and ruled that it should only apply to "foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." People exempt from the ban include U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents,current visa holders and any refugee already admitted to the U.S., according to CNN.
Questions remain on how U.S. authorities will implement the ban.