The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments related to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers to the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. The case raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.
The designated countries are Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
In June the court allowed parts of Trump's ban, which had been struck down by several lower courts in the months since he took office, to go into effect. It states that foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States" from the designated countries will not be allowed into the country. The court said the ban may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim to a formal relationship. Examples of formal relationships, according to the court, include students accepted to U.S. universities and an employee who has accepted a job with a company in the United States.
The change is expected to produce a surge of litigation and confusion, with borders officials called upon to make the call about whether, for example, a grandmother is an allowed bona fide relationship. The ranking of relationships is under way to determine which family members qualify as bona fide relations.
The majority of the lower court judges who struck down the Trump travel ban saw his move as an illegal discriminatory practice based on religion.
Date written/update: 2017-06-29