Trump pushes back on claims that travel ban soon to expire

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions

The ruling given on Monday against the travel ban was yet another block against Trump's efforts to prohibit entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the U.S. government reviews their screening procedures. Instead of announcing success at plugging those gaps, unless you count some new potential TSA rules as a success, the administration is pushing off the start date so those 90 and 120-day clocks do not start ticking until the order goes into effect.

Interestingly, in a filing with the Supreme Court Monday, the plaintiffs in the Maryland case argued that the controversy is about to become moot because the entry ban was meant to last for only 90 days and that period ends two days from now.

The memo also allows for the government to begin carrying out studies on the dependability of visa background check information from those six countries.

President Trump has promised to take the fight for the travel ban, one of his signature campaign promises, all the way to the Supreme Court. The Fourth Circuit cited religious discrimination and intolerance as the basis for the ruling and used the Establishment Clause against the executive order.

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The Trump administration on Wednesday amended the President's travel ban to make sure it doesn't expire while it's tied up in the courts.

The justices agreed to a request on June 13 from the U.S. Justice Department to address in a case already pending before the court a ruling against the ban earlier this week by a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco.

"Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute", Gregory wrote in a ruling that largely upheld the original block on the travel ban. President Trump has also tweeted that his administration would start implementing tougher vetting measures on those who want to visit U.S., adding that the courts are taking the matter too slow. "We need the courts to give us back our rights", he tweeted in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack in London. He also denied that the travel ban has any relation to religion.

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