Supreme Court hands bad news to opponents of Trump's Muslim ban

Supreme Court hands bad news to opponents of Trump's Muslim ban

The Supreme Court Tuesday night dismissed one of the challenges to a now-expired version of President Trump's travel ban, and the legal battle over his latest efforts to ban some immigrants will need to start anew.

But the Supreme Court is likely to ditch that case, which began in Hawaii, as well.

Dismissing the cases would allow the court to avoid ruling on hard legal issues, at least for a while.

The ruling is a victory for the Trump administration, which had asked the court to drop the case after Trump signed a proclamation September 24 that replaced the temporary travel ban on six nations with a new, indefinite ban affecting eight countries. Litigants wishing to challenge the latest version of the travel ban will now need to start afresh with a new lawsuit. "And the government urged the court to vacate the lower courts' decisions, so that they would not carry any legal weight in the future, describing such a step as essential to avoid "'legal consequences' in future cases, on critical issues including justiciability and the President's authority to protect national security".

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The high court's new order vacated a caustic ruling that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued in May in which the court's chief judge declared that Trump's ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination".

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the court's order, saying she would have instead just sent the case back to the lower appeals court to be continued. The new, third travel ban targets travelers from eight countries with varied restrictions.

Lower courts have since interpreted this language to, among other things, prevent Trump from banning the grandmothers, uncles, brothers, and other close relatives of people within the United States from entering the country, and the Supreme Court has largely acquiesced in these decisions. Sudan was removed from the list, but Chad, North Korea and Venezuela were added.

The third version of the travel ban is also being challenged in court. The justices also instructed the two sides to file briefs, due last week, addressing whether the challenges are moot in the wake of Trump's proclamation and the scheduled expiration of the March 6 order's temporary suspension of the admission of refugees on October 24.

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