Trump admin amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive

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Make no mistake, we agree with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in a case that originated in Maryland finding a direct line between President Trump's blatantly anti-Muslim campaign trail statements and his administration's bans against travel from certain Muslim nations. The judges said that Congress had given the president great power in immigration decisions but that Trump had not shown national security warranted the actions he had taken.

In response, Sessions claimed that the President's executive order is "well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe".

Of course, the Trump administration, which has appealed the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court, does not want that to happen.

Under the revised ban, the policies were set to take effect on March 16, meaning they would expire this week.

The president's order did not tie citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to terrorist organizations or identify them as contributors to "active conflict", the court said.

The justices agreed to a request on June 13 from the U.S. Justice Department to address in a case already pending before the court a ruling against the ban earlier this week by a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco.

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Even though Trump vowed to take his initial ban to the Supreme Court then, his administration instead issued in March what Trump later tweeted was a "watered-down" version. The GBTA recently forecast a $1.3 billion loss in overall travel-related expenditures in the USA this year due to the ban, as well as other policies like the proposed expanded laptop ban and other political factors like Brexit. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court lifted that narrow part of their stay on the executive order while maintaining other stays that prevent wider implementation.

"And yet again, these revisions underline that the one thing the president has consistently wanted throughout is a Muslim ban", he added. The case similarly found that a 120-day ban on admitting refugees also violated the Immigration and Naturalization Act without relying on the Frist Amendment's Establishment Clause to do so.

The White House memo "should be construed to amend the executive order" and was issued "in light of questions in litigation about the effective date of the enjoined provisions and in the interest of clarity", the White House said. "We welcome this ruling and believe it and the previous rulings in different courts outline a clear path that the Supreme Court should follow".

The justices of the US Supreme Court are accustomed to being cordial in the face of conflict.

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