Supreme Court will hear Trump travel ban challenge

The Supreme Court in Washington.

Ashley Stringer | CNBC
The Supreme Court in Washington.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump administration’s challenge of rulings blocking his executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

The top U.S. court will allow enforcement of parts of the “travel ban” while the case moves forward. Justices will hear arguments on the case in the fall.

Trump has argued that the measure, a key campaign plank and one of the most divisive moves of his young presidency, is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks in the U.S. Critics and some federal court rulings have argued that it targets immigrants based on religion, after Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. as a candidate.

Two federal appeals courts previously upheld rulings that largely blocked enforcement of the executive order. The Trump administration made an emergency request to put the executive order into effect.

The March 6 executive order, revised from an earlier version that was blocked by courts, called for a 90-day ban on travelers from six countries — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also pushed for a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States.

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