President Donald Trump has announced a temporary travel ban to temporarily halt citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries, a move that was welcomed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
But critics say the order violates the First Amendment, and could have broader implications for Americans’ rights.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The executive order Trump signed on Thursday afternoon bans travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria from entering the United States for 90 days and indefinitely blocks refugees from entering.
Trump has also halted all refugee admissions for 120 days, and has vowed to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 months.
The ban was initially blocked by federal courts in Hawaii, Washington state and Minnesota, and then appealed to the Supreme Court.
The justices on Friday morning handed down their decision in a 5-4 decision that allows the ban to go into effect.
The justices ruled 5-2 in favor of the administration.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote, wrote that the ban was “plainly overbroad” and “implicates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.”
The order, the government argues, was issued to protect the nation from a terrorist attack on U.H.S.-bound planes from the country of Iran.
It also suspends the refugee program and temporarily bars entry of all Syrian refugees, all Iraqis and all Afghans.
The administration has asked the U-S Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to review the case, but the case will not be heard by the full 10th U.K. Circuit Court of Appeal until sometime in March.
The decision is the first step toward blocking the ban.
The Supreme Court, however, has not yet issued a decision in the case.
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