>> The Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on six Muslim majority countries to go into full effect regardless of ongoing legal challenges in lower courts. The decision by the US high court affects people seeking US entry from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
The ruling upholds the third and newest version of the travel ban issued by a presidential proclamation in September. Earlier this year, lower court rulings had exempted foreigners with bona fide family business or educational ties to the US but Monday's decision will now allow Trump to enforce the travel ban even on those with strong US connections.
>> I will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores, and work every single day to protect the safety and security of our country.>> The nine member court said earlier rulings partly blocking the latest ban should be put on hold while appeals in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia move ahead.
Both courts are due to hear arguments this week. Two liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented in the ruling, saying they would have denied the Trump administration's request to fully implement the policy.