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Part of Trump's travel ban gets the green light

The move is a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his presidency to date.

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THE US SUPREME Court is letting the Trump administration enforce most of its 90-day ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.

The action today is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his presidency to date.

The court did leave one category of foreigners protected, those “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”, the court said in an unsigned opinion. The justices will hear arguments in the case in October.

A number of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), have sharply criticised the ban, saying it unfairly targets Muslims.

Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts.

The ban would apply to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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 completed before 2 October, the first day the judges could hear arguments in their new term.

With reporting by Órla Ryan 

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