SCOTUS Backs Trump, Dismisses Travel Ban Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s famous travel ban this Tuesday, drawing in conclusion that the expiration of the ban in late September ended the controversy.

The current development translates to a partial victory for the commander-in-chief and his administration, which urged the high court to dismiss the case after the expiration of the ban.

However, in the most recently issued order, the justices remanded the remanded the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Richmond based appeals court, which in terms upheld an injunction that helped staying the ban’s enforcement. But now the justices ordered the court to dismiss the case as moot and directed the 4th Circuit to turn back on its ruling which initially found the order unlawful.

The 4th Circuit’s decision said that the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” The case was removed from the justices’ calendar in late September after it was scheduled for oral arguments on October 10th during the summer.

Another setback was in the way when a second travel ban challenge brought by Hawaii wasn’t dismissed by the justices, challenging the 120-day ban on refugee resettlement which is expected to expire later this year. The order brought on this Tuesday strongly suggests that the justices will once again dismiss the Hawaii case as soon as the refugee resettlement provision terminates.

Every single argue that the cases bring revolve around the same thing, claiming that Trump’s orders exceed his authority under federal immigration law. They also add that the order is unconstitutional saying that it only targets Muslims.

As of this September, the travel ban was replaced by another proclamation, assessing travel sanctions against eight countries which don’t comply with the security standards of the U.S. Any legal challenges to the September proclamation could reach the high court in the coming months.


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