Trump Travel Ban Bound for Supreme Court, Now or Later
The immigration ban may be re-imposed if an appeals court freezes a judge’s temporary restraining order blocking it
Washington: President Donald Trump’s effort to bar travellers from seven mostly Muslim nations is on a track to the US Supreme Court, which may eventually decide whether the executive branch has top authority on immigration and national security.
The ban affecting business travellers, students, immigrants and refugees may be re-imposed as early as Monday if an appeals court freezes a judge’s temporary restraining order blocking it while the legal fight continues over whether it’s constitutional. “Overturning the ruling would cause such anguish and confusion at the borders,” said Jayashri Srikantiah, a Stanford Law School professor who specialises in immigration. She said it’s “extremely hard to bet” as to what the appeals court will do, “but one can imagine the confusion caused by reversing the TRO is something the court is taking into consideration.”
The Trump administration is asking the liberal-leaning US Court of Appeals in San Francisco to throw out the restraining order won by Washington state and Minnesota, which contend the travel ban hurts their residents and employers including Microsoft Corp, Amazon. comIncandtheMayoClinic.Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin filed a motiononSundaytojoinMinnesota and Washington in the lawsuit opposing Trump’s travel ban. Minnesota and Washington met a deadline early Monday morning to file their argument against that request, while the US Justice Department has until 3 pm Monday to make its final argument. A decision could come anytime after that and the losing side may make a quick run to the Supreme Court. “Those who were abroad were blocked from returning home,” the two states said in the filing. “Husbands were separated from wives, brothers from sisters and parents from their children.”
Trump attacked news media polls on the issue on Monday. “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting,” he tweeted.