President Donald Trump blasted U.S. courts for placing restrictions on his travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries following a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. Supreme Court could potentially rule on whether the travel ban is legal in October.
On Aug. 17, a coordinated terrorist attack left 13 dead and more than 100 people injured in Barcelona. A van drove through the city's Las Ramblas tourist destination, moving through pedestrians. Later in the day, another vehicle drove through a resort in the city, killing another person. The suspects in the terrorist act have been apprehended or killed in a shootout with police, NPR reports.
On Aug. 18, Trump took to social media to accuse Democratic lawmakers of undermining U.S. national security, The Independent reports.
Trump wrote in a series of tweets: "The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop! Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!"
Trump appeared to reference his travel ban, which has faced a series of roadblocks in the U.S. court system.
On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. admittance of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries and paused acceptance of refugees, with an indefinite pause on refugees from war-torn Syria, according to Fox News.
The president's executive action, which critics said was a thinly veiled version of his proposal on the campaign trail to ban Muslims from the U.S., was swiftly met with a series of challenges and injunctions in federal courts, with several judges ruling that it was religiously discriminatory. A block on the travel ban eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could continue a 90-day ban on nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, so long as they did not have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
The ruling allowed for nationals from those six countries to enter the U.S. if they worked for an American company, went to an American school or were the immediate family of an American citizen.
On July 13, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii ruled that the criteria for a bona fide relationship with the U.S. could also include grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins of U.S. citizens.
On July 19, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could continue its 120-day ban on refugees, although Syrian refugees were no longer prohibited indefinitely.
On Oct. 2, the court will return for its fall session, when it could potentially rule on whether Trump's executive order was constitutional. If the 90-day travel ban expires and is not renewed, the court may not even consider the case, according to NBC News.