The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban may take effect. In two separate cases, the Court stayed preliminary injunctions put in place by lower courts in Hawaii and Maryland.

Key points:

  • The Court’s ruling means that travel restrictions under the third travel ban issued in September will be implemented while the cases are litigated in the lower courts.
  • The travel ban applies to nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen and the restrictions are specific to each country. Read BAL’s FAQ on the ban here.
  • Appellate courts are scheduled to hear oral arguments on the underlying constitutional issues this week.

BAL Analysis: Though the government has not yet released guidance in response to the court decision, it is expected to begin applying the travel ban immediately. BAL will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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