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ACLU against effort to allow Trump travel ban

ACLU against effort to allow Trump travel ban

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Thursday that the administration is “confident that President Trumps executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism.”.

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Thursday to break its losing streak in lower courts and revive President Trump's travel ban on immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations.

Watson, relying upon statements that the Trump made as a candidate for the presidency, held that the "stated secular goal of the Executive Order is at the very least secondary to a religious objective of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims" in violation of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the administration petitioned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in May to put a stay on the injunction that's associated with the Hawaii case. One such application met with success when in February 2016 the court granted on a 5-4 vote a request by states and industry groups to block President Barack Obama's climate regulations.

The US Justice Department urged the Supreme Court to allow it to enforce the executive order now while the justices consider whether to hear the appeal.

People stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset February 13, 2016, in Washington. Another of the court's conservatives, Neil Gorsuch, was appointed by Trump this year.

The DOJ has asked the court to expedite the case so that the Justices could hear it at the beginning of their next term, which starts in October. There's no ruling yet, so it's kind of unusual for President Trump to seek Supreme Court review without a ruling there. It takes five votes to grant a stay.

It also asked the Supreme Court to lift another US-wide injunction issued by a federal judge in a separate case based in Hawaii.




The filing came one week after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling dealt a fresh blow to Trump's efforts to push the controversial travel ban that has triggered mass protests and confusion at airports.

The government characterized the 4th Circuit's ruling as "remarkable". They say the Constitution makes clear that federal executives control immigration, while immigration laws say the president may "suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens" if he thinks they "would be detrimental to the interests of the U.S.".

Last time Donald Trump's Muslim ban got shot down by an appeals court and Trump threatened "SEE YOU IN COURT", the Justice Department instead made a decision to rewrite the inherently flawed ban.

He said there was a "reasonable probability" the justices would reverse the 4th Circuit's ruling, and added Trump's order should be allowed to go into effect.

However, a district court in Maryland found the ban violated constitutional rights and blocked it before it could take effect on 16 March.

Now in order to save the President Trump's unconstitutional project, the government would like the Supreme Court to ignore his and his advisors' statements that demonstrate the discriminatory intent of the Muslim ban.

The move comes after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled 10-3 along ideological lines last week that the ban discriminated against Muslims in violation of the First Amendment.

Trump's original executive order banned entry for 90 days to citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.


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