President Donald Trump has officially petitioned the Supreme Court to review his travel ban. Filed the night of June 1, the Trump Administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn previous rulings from federal circuit courts that have blocked his order because it is discriminatory.
According to the BBC, the Trump administration filed two emergency applications to overturn those rulings. The Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur released a statement defending the travel ban and summarizing Trump's argument.
We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that president'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 post a security risk to the United States.
According to Fox News, there's no official timetable for the Supreme Court to issue a final ruling, but the president has asked that the justices issue an order soon regarding whether or not the ban could be enforced in the meantime. The applications propose oral arguments to be held in October, but for the order to go into effect for now.
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The travel ban was one of Trump's first executive orders. It caused widespread protest and multiple legal challenges in courts across the U.S. After it was blocked, Trump released a revised travel ban in March, but that order was also blocked by suits filed in Maryland and Hawaii.
NPR reports that Hawaii's 9th Circuit Court has heard arguments by the administration to lift the appeal, but it has not ruled, while Maryland's 4th Circuit's ruling was upheld. The Chief Judge of the 4th Circuit wrote that the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."
The administration and Justice Department want the Supreme Court to hear the 4th Circuit case and place stays on injunctions in both cases. The BBC reports that at the time the 4th Circuit's injunction was upheld, the court's ruling held that the national security argument that the government was attempting to make was "a secondary justification for an executive order rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country."
The original ban barred nationals from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen for 90 days, and halted the refugee program for 120 days. The revised ban was the same, but removed Iraq from this list.