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Trump asks for Supreme Court review of immigration policy

20 January, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Justice Dept. to Appeal Ruling That Blocked DACA Shutdown

Back in December 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that President Trump's third travel ban could go into effect while it faces legal challenges in lower courts. "This will be an important day for justice and the rule of law".

The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, also is considering a challenge to the ban.

Now citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad are barred from entering the U.S. in the current version of the ban, which triggered worldwide protests, when it was first signed.

Hawaii, several individuals and a Muslim group challenged the latest ban's limits on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations; they did not object to the portions concerning North Korea and Venezuela.

The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Nine days before the September order was released, they wrote, "the president demanded a "larger, tougher and more specific" ban, reminding the public that he remains committed to a "travel ban" even if it is not 'politically correct'".

The policy applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

In the early rounds, lawyers pointed to Trump's promise as a presidential candidate to enact a "Muslim ban", and judges agreed his order reflected an unconstitutional discrimination based on religion. Trump tweaked the order after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate the ban.

So far, the Supreme Court has leaned in favor of the administration.

In a separate development Friday, the federal appeals court in Chicago heard oral arguments on whether the Trump administration is overstepping its authority by withholding public safety grants from sanctuary cities, including Chicago, unless they fully enforce immigration laws.

The Supreme Court allowed the ban to take partial effect, but said those with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. He added that the third order had been the result of "an extensive, worldwide review by multiple government agencies".

Opponents opine as well that Trump is breaching the Constitution by discriminating against Muslims.

The administration is challenging a January 9 decision by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who ruled that DACA must remain in place while the litigation is resolved.

That move suggested the court's conservatives were exasperated by liberal trial judges issuing sweeping nationwide orders that rejected the president's plan.


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