The Supreme Court declined one of two cases concerned President Donald Trump’s travel ban, over a new version, sending the controversy back to the starting block. The ban prohibits people from six – majority Muslim country to enter U.S.
The decision means victory for Trump administration, which previously urged the court to dismiss the case after Trump signed a proclamation Sept. 24 that replaced the temporary travel ban on six nations with a new, indefinite ban affecting eight countries.
“We express no view on the merits,” the justices said in a one-page order.
The case was submit by the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland. According to USA Today, the Court’s decision breaks the record clean in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, one of two federal appeals courts that had struck down major portions of Trump’s travel ban.
The Refugee Assistance Project brought the 4th Circuit, which asserts that the travel ban violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion.
One of the liberal justices, Sonia Sotomayor, noted that she would not have wiped out the appeals court ruling. Sotomayor would dismissed the case in different way which would d have preserved the appeals court ruling against the ban, rather than vacating it.
According to the administration, the new ban is “based on detailed findings regarding the national security interests of the United States that were reached after a thorough, worldwide review and extensive consultation.”
The travel ban had targeted people from Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. The new ban which would take effect on Oct. 18 also includes blocking people from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela from entering the United States
During his presidential campaign, President Trump, in many occasions, had pledged complete shutdown of Muslims entering U.S.
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