Fox News Published December 4th by Barnini Chakraborty
Handing the White House a huge victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of President Trump's travel ban affecting residents of six major-Muslim countries.
The justices said the policy can take full effect despite multiple legal challenges against it that haven't yet made their way through the legal system.
Lower courts had said people from those countries with a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the United States could not be prevented from entry.
Grandparents and cousins were among the relatives courts said could not be excluded.
The nine-member high court said in two one page orders late Monday afternoon that lower court rulings that blocked the ban should br put on hold while appeals courts in Richmond, VA., and San francisco take up the case.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley called the ban "lawful and essential to protecting our homeland." Gidley added in a written statement, We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts."
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to allow us to fulfill this most vital mission performed by any sovereign nation. DHS will continue to fully implement the President's robust and Constitutional counterterrorism agenda in accordance with the law," the Department of Homeland Security's acting press secretary, tyler Q. houlton, said.