On July 19, 2017, The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump Administration with respect to the long disputed “Travel Ban” and the renewed efforts to weaken the order under Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu, HI. Under the new ruling by the Supreme Court, the administration can restrict entry by refugees whom do not have family ties in the United States. This overturns part of the controversial ruling initiated by Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu who many have labeled a “liberal activist” seeking to water down the President’s order.
Judge Derrick Watson also ruled to expand the family list subject of those eligible for exemption, a ruling the Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to overturn as well. The Supreme Court ruled for the appeal against the expanded list of family members to be taken up through lower channels first, effectively sending to the Ninth Court of Appeals out of Washington D.C. A decision it appears the Trump Administration was prepared for as they already have an appeal of Judge Watson’s ruling pending in the Ninth District.
The Supreme Court is to hear the entire “Travel Ban” case in November, a case that many experts are expecting the Trump Administration to win roundly. The implementation of the “Travel Ban” was a clear victory for the Trump Administration with a 9-0 decision in favor of the President. The Supreme Court will hear the entire case come October with a final ruling to follow shortly after.