According to the US President, Donald Trump, he has once more claimed victory.
The United States Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries.
This prompted the president to claim a victory for national security.
The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
The decision nonetheless marks a win for the Republican leader, who has insisted the ban is necessary for national security, despite criticism that it singles out Muslims in violation of the US constitution.
The State Department said it would begin enforcing the travel ban “in a professional, organized and timely way” within 72 hours, in line with a memorandum signed by Trump earlier this month.
President Trump said he felt vindicated by what he called “a clear victory for our national security.”
He said as president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm.
“Great day for America’s future Security and Safety, courtesy of the US Supreme Court. I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN!“
The original measure also included Iraq and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.
Even without the ban in place, arrivals from the six countries have dropped sharply, in part due to “extreme vetting” by US authorities.
Arrivals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were down by nearly half in March and April from a year ago, according to official data.