The Trump administration on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the president?s controversial executive order that intended to temporarily bar travel to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
Lawyers at the Department of Justice filed two emergency applications with the nation?s highest court asking it to block two lower court rulings that effectively halted the implementation of his second travel ban, which also halted refugees seeking to enter the U.S. The filing asks for a stay of a ruling made last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and another stay of an injunction made by a judge in Hawaii.
The Justice Department has asked for expedited processing of the petitions so the court can hear the case when it begins a new session in October.
?We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump?s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the Nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism,? Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. ?The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.?
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