The US Supreme Court will allow Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
The justices, with two dissenting votes, said that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts.
The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.
The ban applies to travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country.
Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.
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