The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, upholding a lower court ruling.
In the majority opinion, the court said the administration’s claim that it was not legally required to provide information on the names of individual individuals to Congress was a legally valid claim that Congress lacked the authority to impose a ban on individual travel.
The court said it would hear arguments in two weeks on the case.
It also issued an emergency stay on a Trump administration rule that would have required states to provide a list of foreign nationals who had entered the country on temporary visas.
The Trump administration had argued that the order would create an unconstitutional barrier to entry to the U.S. and that Congress did not have the authority under the 14th Amendment to bar entry by individuals on a basis of religion, nationality or political affiliation.
The government had asked the Supreme Court to consider the legality of the travel ban, saying that Congress cannot prohibit a president from barring foreigners from entering the country based on religion, ethnicity, national origin or political opinion.
The administration also said the court’s opinion was premature because it lacked any precedent.
The justices ruled that Congress has not given it the authority, which would have allowed the president to bar travel to the United States on a purely religious basis.
The high court had rejected a request by the administration for a stay from a lower appeals court, which had also blocked the travel order.
The opinion from the court on Friday came in the case of a challenge to Trump’s revised travel ban from Washington state, which filed suit against the president on Feb. 2.
In its brief to the Supreme Supreme Court, the Trump administration argued that Congress had the authority and that the travel bans in effect during the Obama administration were lawful.
It said the president’s travel bans on people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were unlawful because they violated the Constitution and the laws of the United State.
In addition, the president said the travel restrictions were necessary to protect the United Stated from terrorist attacks because the travel of such individuals is essential to protecting the homeland from terrorism.
The federal government countered that Congress never granted the president authority to restrict travel to foreign nations.
The case has attracted wide attention in the weeks since the Supreme the court declared a partial stay on the ban.
In recent days, Trump and his administration have blamed the court for its decision to uphold the travel-restriction order, which is the first major ruling against the travel policy since Trump took office.
In response to the ruling, Trump issued a new travel ban and then issued another order on Wednesday that temporarily banned citizens of the countries from entering for 90 days.
The administration also halted the issuance of new visas for citizens of those seven countries and halted the admission of refugees for 120 days.