In Victory for Trump, Supreme Court Drops 1 Travel Ban Case

Ruben Ruiz
October 12, 2017

The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban on residents of some Muslim-majority countries because of its replacement with a newer version.

But the justices took no action on a separate case from Hawaii. That presumably is because that ruling also encrusts an interim ban on refugees that lapses this month.

In the one-paragraph order, the court said that because Trump's executive order "expired by its own terms" on September 24, "the appeal no longer presents a 'live case or controversy'".

The court acted in one of two cases pending involving a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued to stop the ban contained in a March executive order.

The challengers in both cases already have renewed their lawsuits in the lower courts, starting the legal process anew. Succeeding the habitual practice in such cases, The judgment is therefore abdicated and the case is adjourned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit with directives to disperse as moot the provocation. Though the order explicitly states that the Court expresses "no view on the merits" of the case, it is not good news for opponents of the ban.

After Trump replaced his order previously, the court delayed the case which was due this Tuesday.

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The proclamation blocks people from Chad, Libya and Yemen from coming to the United States as immigrants or on business or tourist visas, and it blocks people from Somalia from coming as immigrants. It held that Trump's earlier temporary travel ban order was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson intends to rule after the U.S. government files a reply.

Notably, Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the Court's Monday order.

The 4th Circuit case was brought by the International Refugee Assistance Project, which argued that banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries violated the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion. It requested the lower court rulings to be deleted.

The president went even further, issuing an executive order that includes two non-Muslim countries - North Korea and Venezuela - among the seven that are subject to the new restrictions.

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