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Trump’s Anti-Muslim Travel Ban Takes Another Hit From Supreme Court

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court today cleared the way for a broader list of family exceptions to President Trump’s ban on issuing visas to people in six Muslim-majority countries.

The justices declined to put a halt to a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who said grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and siblings-in-law must be added to the list of close family members who can still get visas to travel to the U.S. The Supreme Court also announced that it will hear the entire travel ban case — a challenge to the executive order’s constitutionality — on Oct. 10, during its new term.

And so it goes as we press forward for a constitutional resolution for this matter.

Trump has late as June 2017 emphatically referred to his executive order on immigration as a “travel ban” and said his Justice Department should not have submitted a “watered down, politically correct version” to the Supreme Court.

Trump’s suggestion that changes to the ban — which, among other things, temporarily restricts travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries — were due to political correctness could hamper his administration’s legal argument at the court.

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