Trump administration amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive

Posted June 21, 2017

Then, on June 12, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision on the Hawaii case The court's opinion stated that it did not need to rule on whether the travel ban violates the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, because the executive order also exceeds the power Congress has given to the president to regulate immigration. That ruling said the executive order violated US immigration law. Thus, if the court has any thought about ruling - before the summer recess - on any of the issues regarding the executive order, it would have to act with unusual dispatch.

It may be recalled, on May 25, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, refused to lift a nationwide injunction that halted a key provision of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on six Muslim nations.

One of the nominees, according to The Washington Times, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H Eid, is being earmarked by the President to fill a vacancy on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals which opened up when Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed for the Supreme Court in April.

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The White House delayed the effective date of its revised travel ban to avoid mooting its case as the U.S. "The President was clear in his landmark speech in Saudi Arabia: this is not about religion; it is about national security".

The White House has consistently argued that the travel ban is well within Trump's powers as president - with Trump himself defending the ban as a necessity in a time of chaos. Whatever the Supreme Court does in this case, we probably haven't heard the end of the president's efforts to fulfill one of the basest, most un-American promises of his campaign. "It can not go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation".

The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to amend the starting date of its proposed 90-day travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries in a bid to keep its legal battle alive.

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"Today's ruling once again demonstrates the near-unanimity of judges in ruling against any type of 'Muslim ban, '" said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a judge's ruling that blocked the temporary ban on refugees as well.

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