Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Catholic bishops welcome latest setback for Trump's travel ban

Catholic bishops welcome latest setback for Trump's travel ban

President Donald Trump amended his embattled travel ban to address arguments being made at the U.S. Supreme Court that it would expire Wednesday under its original wording.

Trump has previously said he would be willing to take the matter to the US Supreme Court in order to get the travel ban passed, a measure his administration argues is necessary of national security.

President Donald Trump's own tweet regarding his "travel ban" has enabled the court of appeal to obstruct the controversial plan.

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A federal judge first blocked Trump's initial travel ban in early February.

The U.S. Supreme Court has closed a loophole that class action plaintiffs in the Ninth Circuit had been exploiting to obtain immediate appellate review of a district court's denial of class certification.

Trump signed his first executive order imposing a travel ban just after he was inaugurated in January.

According to the ABC News, at the heart of the 9th Circuit opinion Monday is the panel's determination that the president failed to show in his executive order that there were specific national security justifications for excluding nationals of the six designated Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). The appeals court said Judge Watson had erred in barring the administration from conducting internal reviews of its vetting procedures while the case moved forward.

Differences traditionally are put aside for a new justice's investiture, a short but formal and history-laden event that culminates in iconic photos of the chief justice and the new justice descending the Supreme Court's famous marble steps. The court granted the administration's request that briefing on the issue be extended to June 21. Instead of announcing success at plugging those gaps, unless you count some new potential TSA rules as a success, the administration is pushing off the start date so those 90 and 120-day clocks do not start ticking until the order goes into effect. Whatever the Supreme Court does in this case, we probably haven't heard the end of the president's efforts to fulfill one of the basest, most un-American promises of his campaign.

Several states and civil rights groups also challenged the revised ban, saying it remained rooted in discrimination and exceeded the president's authority.

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