The Supreme Court has partially reinstated Donald Trump’s travel ban – meaning that citizens from six Muslim-majority countries without any connection to the US will now, immediately, be barred from travelling.
The ruling is a partial victory for Mr Trump, who wanted all citizens from Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Syria and Libya barred from arriving on US shores.
The Supreme Court stopped short of banning all arrivals.
But it did agree to an emergency measure, taking effect immediately, which will prevent anyone who cannot prove a solid connection with anyone already in the US from arriving.
Only those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” can pass US borders.
It means that students and those with family in the US can still travel to the country – although it did not specify what family ties and what “entities” were acceptable.
“The interest in national security is an urgent objective of the highest order,” they said in their ruling.
The justices granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the March 6 executive order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.
The court also said it would partly allow a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect.
On June 2 Mr Trump’s administration referred the case to the Supreme Court, after his travel ban was blocked by lower courts. On Monday morning Supreme Court effectively ruled that the appellate courts which blocked the ban entirely went too far.
They will begin a full hearing in the autumn, probably in early October.
The Trump administration said the ban was needed to allow an internal review of the screening procedures for visa applicants from those countries. That review should be complete before October 2, the first day the justices could hear arguments in their new term.