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Trump Asks Supreme Court To Immediately Unfreeze Travel Ban

Late Thursday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to rule on the legality of its temporary ban against all refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, and to allow the ban to take effect while it considers the appeal. President Trump’s executive order has been stayed by both a federal judge in Hawaii and by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in May that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination” and is “intended to bar Muslims from this country.” The Justice Department is arguing to the Supreme Court that the lower courts erred in taking into consideration Trump’s vow, as a candidate, to ban Muslims from the U.S., saying that he has now sworn to uphold the Constitution so his campaign statements don’t count. It would take five justices to unfreeze the ban.

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