US Supreme Court allows Donald Trump to impose travel ban

Widely regarded by critics as a "Muslim Ban", it is Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several mostly Muslim nations, inlcuding Chad, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Libya and Syria.

It means the controversial measure to restrict travel into the US can be fully implemented, despite ongoing challenges in lower courts.

Likewise, David French of the National Review, who has been described as a NeverTrumper, nevertheless warns about this "strange madness [which] is gripping the federal judiciary".

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the Supreme Court's action "a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people".

Even as Mr Trump sought to minimise Mr Flynn's misdeeds, the Kremlin insisted that Mr Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US had not influenced President Vladimir Putin's response to sanctions imposed by Mr Trump's predecessor.

The director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, Omar Jadwat, said "President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret".

Lifting the injunctions does not mean that the legal battle is over.

Two appeals courts, the 9th and 4th circuits, are scheduled to hear arguments in separate cases challenging the travel ban this week.

Officials say 56 students from the eight affected countries study at the university, but all should be able to complete their studies. The justices also said that they expect the lower courts to issue their rulings with appropriate dispatch.

Quick resolution by appellate courts would allow the Supreme Court to hear and decide the issue this term, by the end of June. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied the government's request.

The announcement that the high court sided with the administration, which had requested a lifting of lower courts' rulings preventing full enforcement of the travel ban, came in a terse order without explanation of its reasoning. A 2016 Multnomah County report identified 822 Somali students in the county's public schools and estimated the entire state's Somali population between 12,000 to 15,000. Certain people from each targeted country can still apply for a visa for tourism, business or education purposes, and any applicant can ask for an individual waiver. A temporary ban on refugees expired in October.

KELLY: That's NPR's Richard Gonzales updating us on news today out of the U.S. Supreme Court. And this phrase bona fide relationship comes from language that the Supreme Court itself provided earlier this year when it was considering an earlier version of the travel ban.

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