The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated part of Trump’s travel ban, allowing certain parts to go into effect. The court will also hear oral arguments on the case in the fall.
The highest court in the land will allow the ban to go into effect for foreigners without a “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.” The ban against citizens in six majority-Muslim countries is still on hold as applied to non-citizens with bona fide relationships in the U.S.
According to the court, Bona fide relationships may include employees who have accepted a job with a U.S. company and students accepted to a U.S. university.
The move is a partial victory for the Trump administration, and marks the first time the high court has weighed in on the issue. The Trump administration has been fighting back against lower court rulings that have struck down the travel ban.
“As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” said Trump in a statement. “I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”
The Supreme Court’s opinion paves the way for ban to go into effect in as little as 72 hours. People from Libya, Iran, Syria, Sudan and Yemen would be barred from entering the U.S. unless they meet the formal relationship exception.
Implementing the ban may cause chaos at airports, experts warn. Trump has already signed a memorandum which states that administration officials will begin implementing approved parts of the order 72 hours after the court’s ruling.
Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, claiming he would have stayed the injunctions in full.
“Today’s compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding – on peril of contempt – whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country,” he said.