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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Spokesperson David Lapan told Business Insider on Wednesday that President Trump’s travel ban was due to begin on Thursday. Three days ago, the Supreme Court lifted most of the injunctions issued against the president’s March 6 executive order titled Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.

“We expect implementation to begin tomorrow [Thursday] and we’ll release additional information then,” Lapan told the German-owned news website.

Mr. Trump’s order seeks to prevent residents from six Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) from entering the U.S. for a period of 90 days. This three-month period will give the administration sufficient time to put in place any additional vetting procedures necessary to stop terrorists landing on U.S. soil. The executive action also temporarily suspends entry to all refugees for 120 days and caps the number of refugees to be admitted this year at 50,000.

The Supreme Court ruled that foreign nationals, including refugees, who could not prove a “close familial relationship” with a person or entity located in the United States would be affected by the ban.

“The interest in preserving national security is ‘an urgent objective of the highest order,'” the ruling stated. “To prevent the Government from pursuing that objective by enforcing” the injunctions “against foreign nationals unconnected to the United States would appreciably injure its interests,” the high court continued.

Following Monday’s ruling, the White House issued a statement emphasizing that one of the president’s priorities was to ensure the safety of the nation’s citizens.

“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security. […] My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland,” part of the statement read.

Mr. Trump also took to Twitter to congratulate the Supreme Court on its decision, describing it as a “Great day for America.”

On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly also unveiled enhanced airline security measures on all flights entering the U.S. According to DHS figures, over 2,000 flights will be targeted.

The measures, which among other things will strengthen passenger screening and improve checks on electronic devices, will be introduced in the next few weeks.

Kelly said he was convinced that terrorists were determined to blow up an American airliner.

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