Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Hawaii seeks to block latest travel ban, adds plaintiffs

Hawaii seeks to block latest travel ban, adds plaintiffs

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dropped one of two challenges it was considering to President Donald Trump's travel ban policy, declaring moot a lawsuit over Trump's attempt to block issuance of visas to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries.

The court did not act on a separate challenge brought by the state of Hawaii, which the court had also agreed to hear.

A separate case from the 9th Circuit, based in California, remains pending because it includes a ban on refugees worldwide that won't expire until later this month.

But the new travel ban and the Supreme Court's order vacating the 4th Circuit appeals court judgment puts the administration in a somewhat stronger position, at least for now.

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The ruling is a victory for the Trump administration, which had asked the court to drop the case after Trump signed a proclamation September 24 that replaced the temporary travel ban on six nations with a new, indefinite ban affecting eight countries.

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"Plaintiffs retain an all-too-real stake in the outcome of the case", the group's attorney, Omar Jadwat, said in a filing to the court on October 5.

Jadwat argued the new executive order does not change the "religious condemnation" present in the earlier version, "which - despite some new window dressing - continues to relay a message of disparagement to the plaintiffs and other members of their faith". By putting new versions of his ban in place after old versions expire, Trump may be able to roll the dice over and over again until he finds a version that the Court will deem acceptable.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the court's order, saying she would have instead just sent the case back to the lower appeals court to be continued. Though the Court does not explain why it treats these two cases differently, it likely stems from one crucial difference between them.

Trump's new ban restricts travelers from five of the six countries on his original list.

The ban's challengers also argued that the case against the last version should go forward because numerous same travelers in the initial band are being targeted by the new ban, which has an indefinite time frame.

The Hawaii case also challenged a provision of the order that suspended the admission of refugees into the United States for 120 days.

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