Trump’s controversial travel ban to be upheld on appeal: SCOTUS

NEW YORK — The Supreme Court has refused to review President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The justices declined Monday to hear arguments in the case brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Trump signed the order on March 6, which suspended the U.S. refugee program and barred citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering and reentering the United State for 90 days.

It was later blocked by federal courts in Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

In its ruling, the court said it is the responsibility of the executive branch to ensure the security of the country and the health and welfare of the American people.

Its opinion does not say that Trump’s order is constitutional, but it said the president cannot have the power to make such sweeping policy changes without a congressional declaration.

On Friday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a separate case challenging the executive order, and Justice Samuel Alito wrote a concurring opinion.