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>> The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take on the legality of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban. This is the third version of an executive order that sparked massive protests in January of last year. Reuter's legal correspondent Andrew Chung.>> So this is a major development that the Supreme Court has decided to hear the dispute over Donald Trump's travel ban.
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It's one of his most controversial policies. And what it means is that the court will finally resolve essentially how much power the president has to decide, essentially, who can come into the country and who can't. And whether courts can intervene and whether he is constrained by either federal immigration law or the US Constitution in making those decisions.
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>> This latest iteration of the ban announced in September restricts travel into the United States for people from Chad, Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. North Korea and certain officials from Venezuela fall under this version of the ban as well. After the most recent version of the ban was announced, courts in Seattle and Maryland ruled it was unlawful.
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The administration says this policy is needed to protect the United States from terrorism. But critics say it's really about barring Muslims from entering the US, something the president proposed on the campaign trail. The Supreme Court ruling would decide whether the executive order violates Federal immigration law, or the US Constitution's prohibition on religious discrimination.
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>> Well, the implications are massive. If they do end up ruling in favor of the government, not only does it allow the travel ban to continue indefinitely, but it also sends a very strong signal that the President of the United States has an extraordinary amount of power to decide who gets to come into the country and who does not, with very few constraints.
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>> A US law called the Immigration and Nationality Act states that the President can restrict entry only of those who would pose a potential threat. But the same law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality. The court is said to hear arguments in April and issue a ruling by June.