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The US Supreme Court has reinstated elements of the executive order, which initially called for a 90-day US entry ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority countries.

A 120-day ban on refugees also is being allowed to take effect on a limited basis. The ban would exempt those with "a bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.

The court goes on to define relationships that would qualify: for individuals, a family relationship; for students, admittance to a college or university; for workers, a job offer.

The justices narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked key parts of a March 6 executive order that Trump had said was needed to prevent terrorism attacks, allowing his temporary ban to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States.

Trump said in a statement that the court's decision is "a clear victory for our national security".

"At a minimum, because of the court's decision today, we will be betraying a fundamental American and Jewish value by turning away countless individuals who are seeking a better life in our nation, some of them fleeing life-threatening violence", the group's CEO, Stosh Cotler, said in a statement. "I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive", Trump added.

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from part of the court's opinion.

The ruling invites "a flood of litigation", Thomas writes. A senior USA official familiar with the situation said the Trump administration has plans in place to relaunch the stalled ban and tourists will be among those kept out.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later stayed both the six-country ban and cessation of the refugee program.

Civil rights and pro-immigration groups have objected to the order as being unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims.

Jamal Abdi, policy director for the National Iranian American Council, said most Iranians who visit the United States have relatives here or are coming to work or study. Iran is one of the six mostly Muslim countries that are included in the travel ban. "He was dealing with war-torn countries like Syria, like Somalia, Libya - where there's no established functioning government", he said.

Trump's first executive order on travel applied to travelers from Iraq and well as the six countries, and took effect immediately, causing chaos and panic at airports over the last weekend in January as the Homeland Security Department scrambled to figure out whom the order covered and how it was to be implemented.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia called the high court's action disappointing.

But Baker said Monday that the good news is that many people who come to the USA and MA to work, study, seek health care or to take academic positions in local universities won't be blocked.

Can you explain the Supreme Court's decision? "Certainly in the case of refugees, this order will have a tragic toll on those who have fled for their lives and played by our rules to find refuge in the United States".

As for refugees, Heller said their clients will largely not be affected and neither should the clients of other resettlement organizations.

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