Trump visiting Supreme Court as justices weigh travel ban

Trump visiting Supreme Court as justices weigh travel ban

Then, on June 12, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision on the Hawaii case The court's opinion stated that it did not need to rule on whether the travel ban violates the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, because the executive order also exceeds the power Congress has given to the president to regulate immigration.

President Donald Trump says that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a "dangerous time".

"As has been noted numerous times, there was a provision in each Executive Order to make the ban permanent by Presidential decree", Modarres said.

Pointing to the fact that order technically states the ban would last "for 90 days from the effective date of this order", Justice Department lawyers are arguing that the 90-day clock has yet to even start, since Trump's order never took effect.

As in previous rulings, the appeals panel cited remarks by Trump that seemed to contradict his administration's attorneys, who had argued that the order, despite the president's rhetoric, was narrow in scope and not discriminatory in nature. Hawaii, which challenged the ban and won in the appeals court, is permitted to file its own brief on June 20, meaning the court is unlikely to act on the emergency application until next week at the earliest.

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Trump's appointment of conservative Gorsuch has been his most significant win since taking office in January.

While the dispute over the travel ban and other controversies have simmered during Trump's first few months in office, his choice of the 49-year-old Gorsuch for the Supreme Court won widespread praise in the legal community as well as unanimous Republican support in the Senate.

Trump's visit to the court would be his first since he became president on January 20 and would put him face-to-face with the nine justices as they consider the fate of his travel ban unless the court acts before then. The Hawaii judge also blocked a 120-day ban on refugees entering the United States. The executive order was set to expire 90 days from its initial issuance, which means tomorrow.

Chair of the Committee on Migration for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin said he was "heartened" by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals' decision. That ruling said the executive order violated USA immigration law.

Legendary journalist Lyle Denniston is Constitution Daily's Supreme Court correspondent.

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