President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to revive his travel ban executive order. The Justice Department has asked the Court to lift the injunctions that bar Trump’s order from taking affect. They also asked the Supreme Court to add the case to their docket.
President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to revive his controversial travel ban executive order, hoping that the justices will give the green light to a policy repeatedly blocked by lower courts.
In filings Thursday night, the Justice Department asked the high court to temporarily lift injunctions that bar officials from carrying out Trump’s directive to suspend visa issuance to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries and halt the flow of refugees to the U.S. from across the globe.
The Trump administration also asked the justices to add the legality of the travel ban to the high court’s docket so the case would be ready for argument this fall.
“We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the Nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “The President is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”
Trump has billed the immigration restrictions as necessary to guard against the terrorist threat, but his policy has suffered a string of legal defeats in recent months from judges who said the executive order was a thinly-veiled and illegal attempt to carry out the “Muslim ban” Trump repeatedly promised in his presidential campaign.
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