On Thursday, June 1st, 2017 the Trump Administration filed a request to the Supreme Court to lift the federal court rulings blocking of the March 6th executive order and travel ban, an order that would have temporarily halted the entrance of individuals from six predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The request comes a week after a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that the travel ban was the product of “religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” and was in violation of the First Amendment.
The request runs concurrent with another request filed by the Administration for the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the executive order, which would be decided in the court’s next term in October. If the Supreme Court grants the first request, the travel ban could be implemented during June, and would stay in place until the later ruling in October, deciding its constitutionality.
The Supreme Court will likely decide whether or not the executive order will be reinstated within the week. Unless the Court decides to reinstate the ban until the October ruling, nationals from these countries are still able to apply for visas and enter the U.S.
The executive order aimed to bar foreigners from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for a period of 90 days, and refugees for 120 days, unless these individuals qualified for exemption status, or given a waiver.
The order excused permanent lawful residents, foreigners holding U.S. visas, and aliens currently present in the United States. The order additionally exempted people holding a valid advance parole document, dual nationals who are currently traveling on a passport from a country not name in the order, and certain groups of refugees, to name a few.