The US Supreme Court has ruled that President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect, pending legal challenges.
The six countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Lower courts had imposed injunctions against the policy but on Monday, seven of the nine Supreme Court justices lifted the injunctions.
Federal appeals courts in San Francisco, California, and Richmond, Virginia, will hear arguments this week on whether the latest iteration of the policy is lawful.
The Supreme Court noted it expects those courts to reach decisions “with appropriate dispatch”.
The case will eventually end up back in the Supreme Court.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the White House was “not surprised” by the Supreme Court’s decision.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the ruling “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people”.