Supreme Court dismisses Trump's travel ban after it expired

Image courtesy of KUCW

Image courtesy of KUCW

The justices noted that the provision of the travel ban had expired and that the case no longer presents "a live case or controversy".

Trump's Justice Department has argued that both cases should be dismissed, as new travel restrictions announced by the administration are set to go into effect on October 18.

The pending appeal by the government challenged a 4th Circuit Court ruling that held that Trump's earlier temporary travel ban order was unconstitutional.

The decision means that Hawaii's case - which dealt with both travelers and refugee admissions - remains alive, at least for the moment.

The latest travel ban targets five countries included in two previous versions.

The March 6 decree, opposed by the states of Maryland and Hawaii, was suspended. Although the country as a whole "has improved its capability and ability to assess whether foreign nationals attempting to enter the United States pose a security or safety threat", he indicated, travel restrictions are still necessary for these eight countries.

Because most of the controversial provisions of the executive order only last 90 days, Trump it could be fully implemented before the Court hears the case.

"Today's order sends a strong signal that as soon as the refugee ban expires, the court will dismiss that as well", said CNN legal analyst and professor at the University of Texas Law School Steve Vladeck.

The challengers countered that the disputes are not moot and should be returned to the court's calendar for oral argument and an eventual decision on the merits.

The ban's challengers argued that the case against the last version should go forward because numerous same travelers and their families are adversely affected - not just for 90 days, but indefinitely. In Maryland, a federal district court has scheduled a new hearing for next week.

The decision effectively wipes 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.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the court's action. But the Supreme Court is likely to ditch that case, which began in Hawaii, as well.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.