Travel ban: Where things stand and what comes next

A United States appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to block President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six Muslim majority nations - the latest in a string of stinging judicial blows for the Republican billionaire.

In response to the ruling, the president took to Twitter once again to express his displeasure for the ruling and to reference an impending review from the Supreme Court.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit kept in place a lower court injunction on the ban, arguing the president had overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also has rejected implementation of the travel ban, saying that Trump's stated national security concerns were "steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group".

President Donald Trump and his administration faced yet another defeat in the federal courts this week over his controversial executive order that bans travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

But now the administration wants a chance to argue the 9th Circuit's decision as well, since it relied on immigration laws instead of the Constitution in affirming the Hawaii district court's decision.

The justices agreed to a request from Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall to address Monday's ruling from the federal appeals court in San Francisco.

Lawyers for Hawaii had described Mr Trump's executive order as a "thinly veiled Muslim ban".

According to Time magazine, Trump's S.C. abbreviation at the end of his tweet refers to the Supreme Court.

"I think we can all attest that these are very risky times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the United States and committing acts of bloodshed and violence", Spicer told a briefing.

The Supreme Court gave opponents of the travel ban until June 12 to respond to the government's request to allow immediate implementation of the executive order.

In a follow-up question, the report noted that the court ruling cited the president's tweets from June 5 on the travel ban, as well as the administration's statement that the president's tweets are official statements. The revised EO was issued after the initial travel ban in January was withdrawn by President Trump due to legal setbacks.

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A United States federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on March 30 a court order blocking Trump's new travel ban. The government claims that the Hawaii judge's injunction in March stopped the clock and so the 90 and 120 day periods would not begin to run until the revised travel ban goes into effect.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Supreme Court resolved to let the two sides file an additional set of written arguments for why the justices should or shouldn't hear the Hawaii case.

The 9th Circuit rebuffed the administration's efforts to reinstate that part of the order as well.

With Justice Gorsuch now on the bench, the Supreme Court has five conservatives and four liberals, but Gorsuch has not indicated how he would rule on the travel ban. "See you in the Supreme Court!"

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