Trump travel ban one of 2 high-profile cases the Supreme Court will review

A limited version of the travel ban will go into force ahead of the SCOTUS reconvening in October.
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All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court later this year as it has agreed to take a look at two high-profile cases – one of them President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban.

The court will review the case against Trump's executive order temporarily blocking entry to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority nations, before deciding to hear the case when the court convenes in October.

The announcement from SCOTUS is here, with ABC News reporting it would require five of the nine justices to agree to overturn injunctions granted by lower courts that have prevented the ban from going into effect.

However, in announcing the review, the SCOTUS said it is temporarily lifting the injunctions anyway, allowing a limited version of the ban to go into effect. The president has previously said it would be implemented 72 hours after the say-so from the courts.

This will mean foreign nationals from the six Muslim nations can be blocked from entering the U.S. unless they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

With one of those countries Somalia, it will have implications for the Somali community in Minnesota.

The Washington Post notes that one of the things the SCOTUS will consider is if the travel ban debate is "moot" by the time October comes around, given that it only calls for 90-day bans on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the U.S.

The ban is temporary so the government can review its vetting procedures as it steps up security against terror threats.

Minnesota is one of several states that joined a lawsuit to block Trump's two travel ban executive orders, winning injunctions in district courts that were upheld by appeals courts.

Religious liberty case will also be heard

Another major case that will be heard by the Supreme Court relates to religious liberty, namely whether business owners can deny service to same-sex couples.

The case of Masterpiece vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission relates to a Colorado cake artist who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding reception, claiming it would violate his religious liberty under the Constitution.

The LA Times notes no federal law requires businesses to serve all customers, but 21 states – including Minnesota – have "public accommodations" laws that prevent such discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The finding of the SCOTUS could have wide-ranging impacts on those states that have such discrimination laws.

Together, the religious liberty and travel ban cases mark a high-profile start to the SCOTUS' October session, with intense focus expected on the court that is once again filled with nine justices following the appointment of Neil Gorsuch earlier this year.

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