Shortly after the court's ruling, the State Department notified all US diplomatic posts of the decision and advised them to await instructions that would be forthcoming by the self-imposed implementation deadline on Thursday, according to officials familiar with the situation. "So this is just reinstating (the ban)", he said.
Lavinia Limon, CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, told the Associated Press she was dismayed by the ruling, but insisted that her agency has "an existing relationship with incoming refugees, certified and arranged through the Department of State".
Importantly, the court did not decide that the ban is legal regarding those individuals, only that the government may implement that limited version of the ban while it considers the legal questions. That means it will take effect early on June 29. Opponents say the ban is unlawful, based on visitors' Muslim religion.
For now, the administration can bar travelers from six majority-Muslim countries if they can't show a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship" with someone or some entity in the country.
But the court's ruling also put pressure on officials to press ahead with their review of the information other countries are able to gather on potential US -bound travelers - which might ultimately produce more rigorous vetting procedures or a completely new ban. The court ordered that the final merits of the case shall be argued before it as the first case when the court convenes its new term in October.
"The underlying issue of presidential power is too important and too likely to occur in the future", he said. The travel ban also caps the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S.at 50,000 a year. Thomas said the government's interest in preserving national security outweighs any hardship to people denied entry into the country.
Noted attorney and constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz said he believes the Supreme Court will eventually uphold most, but not all, of President Trump's revised travel ban when the high court takes up the matter in the fall. "I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN!" "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive", Trump added. If the relationship is with a person, it must be a close familial relationship.
Collins said "the real win is that it's allowing the ban to continue" on a smaller scale.
Under the Supreme Court decision, people with a "bona fide relationship" to a person or entity in the USA will still be permitted entry.
The Supreme Court defined such relationships as family connections for individuals, admittance to a US school for students, and a job offer for workers. Trump's initial travel ban, issued without warning on a Friday in January, brought chaos and protests to airports nationwide as travelers from seven targeted countries were barred even if they had prior permission to come to the U.S. The State Department canceled up to 60,000 visas but later reversed that decision.