The White House takes its new and revised travel ban to the Supreme Court, asking for it to be reinstated.
The Travel Ban
After lower courts refused the reinstatement of a travel ban of citizens from some Muslim-majority countries, the White House has decided to take it to the US Supreme Court.
Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said: “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.”
“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.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected in the upcoming couple of weeks.
Comments on The White House’s Decision
The American Civil Liberties Union sent out a tweet, saying: “We’ve beat this hateful ban and are ready to do it again.”
The National Immigration Law Center’s legal director, Karen Tumlin, said: “Again and again, our nations courts have found that President Trump’s Muslim ban is unconstitutional. We will continue to defend our plaintiffs’ right to live free from fear of discriminatory treatment by the federal government.”
The Previous Travel Ban Attempt
Shortly after his inauguration, Donald Trump had attempted to instate a travel ban that sent the country into chaos. It banned citizens from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. It also put a 120-day pause on the refugee programme.
The travel ban was deemed unconstitutional and made ineffective shortly after. Trump then attempted to instate a revised version, which excluded Iraq from the list. However, this version was stopped before it was even implemented.