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Posted at 7:59 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 19:59:09-04

(RNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would review President Donald Trump's revised travel ban of six Muslim-majority countries. 

The court is allowing the 90-day ban on people coming to the U.S. from the countries, overturning lower court rulings that blocked it. Trump has said the ban would go into effect 72 hours after the ruling. The justices are expected to hear the case in the fall.

The court left one group protected - foreigners with "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The court's opinion was unsigned. 

The two versions of the travel ban have been blocked by the courts, at least in part, based on his campaign pledge to block all Muslims from entering the country.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stated the action of the second executive order was "rooted in religious animus" and intended to bar Muslims. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the travel ban did not comply with federal immigration law.

Trump has criticized the judges and courts that ruled against the order, including making the misleading statement that close to 80 percent of the 9th Circuit's rulings are overturned.

He also rebuffed attempts by his own team to get the order called something other than a "ban."

"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!," Trump tweeted June 5. " The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to (the Supreme Court)."

The second executive order, issued in March, revised the first to remove Iraq from the countries affected. It also explicitly exempted residents and visa holders of people originally from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and it removed language of preferential treatment to religious minorities of the majority-Muslim nations.

The first executive order, signed Jan. 27, was meant to be in effect for 90 days, halt refugees for 120 days and banned refugees from Syria indefinitely.

The ban went into effect immediately, causing chaos for the Department of Homeland Security, who had not been given guidance on how to implement it. Green card holders and other people legally allowed to travel were detained, and protests took place at airports across the country.

A federal judge in Washington ruled against the ban, and that ruling was upheld by the 9th Circuit.

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