U.S. President Donald Trump's fight to ban immigrants and visitors from several Muslim majority countries continues. As of this week, Trump's efforts appear to be winning out.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the travel ban, which targets six Muslim-majority countries and two others, could go into full effect. This means Libyans, Somalians, Iranians, Chadians, Yemenis, and Syrians will not be able to enter the U.S. unless they hold permanent residency documents or dual nationality.
Venezuela and North Korea, which are not Muslim majority countries are also targeted by the ban. However, only some Venezuelan government officials and family members are banned, not the entire population.
Certain work and/or student visas will still be considered for some of the affected nations.
While the court's ruling – which passed 7-2 by the nine-member body – isn't a final decision judging the ban's overall legal merits, it is seen as a setback by activists fighting to stop the xenophobic actions of the current U.S. administration. Lower courts continue to hear challenges to the executive order, meaning the ban could yet be overturned.
On social media, many Muslim and Arabs have shared their disappointment and frustration with the Supreme Court's ruling.
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