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Trump's travel ban partially lifted by the US Supreme Court

By Mark Sherman

The US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.

The decision is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his presidency so far.

The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case, which has stirred heated emotions across the nation.

The court said that Mr Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

Mr Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by the courts. The administration has said the 90-day ban was needed on national security grounds to allow an internal review of screening procedures for visa applicants from the six countries.

Opponents say the ban is unlawful, based on visitors' Muslim religion.

The administration review should be complete before October 2. A 120-day ban on refugees is also being allowed to take effect on a limited basis.

Three of the court's conservative justices said they would have let the complete bans take effect.

Some immigration lawyers said the limited nature of the ban and the silence of the court's liberals on the issue yesterday suggested that the court had not handed Mr Trump much of a victory.

They said relatively few people would fall under the ban because people coming to study, work or visit family members in the US already have sufficient relationships with others already in the country.

Mr Trump, though, hailed the high court's order as a "clear victory for our national security".

He said in a statement that his "number one responsibility" is to keep the American people safe.

The court's opinion explained the kinds of relationships people from the six countries must demonstrate to obtain a US visa.

"For individuals, a close familial relationship is required," the court said.

For people who want to come to the US to work or study, "the relationship must be formal, documented and not for the purpose of evading the travel ban".

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