The latest step in the travel ban and its impact on Maine immigrants

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Supreme Court allowed the third version of President Trump's travel ban to go into effect Monday while legal challenges in lower appeals courts continue.

The travel restrictions generally prevent citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim, from emigrating to the United States permanently. Many will be barred from working, studying or vacationing here. Somalis will no longer be allowed to emigrate to the United States, but may visit with extra screening.

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Maine has thousands of Somali immigrants, many of whom are still waiting for family members to be able to come to the United States.

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The ruling is a win for the Trump administration after much deliberation and consideration on multiple levels of the court system.

The court’s unsigned orders on Monday urged appeals courts to quickly determine whether the latest ban was lawful.

Over the past 16 months, NEWS CENTER has spoken with dozens of immigrants, many from Somalia and the Middle East, who now worry that their families in their home countries may never be able to join them in America.

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President Trump met with the Libyan prime minister on December 1 to discuss counter-terrorism efforts.

The national ACLU plans to argue at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday that the ban should ultimately be struck down.