Trump heads for Supreme Court, insists on travel ban on Muslims

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump makes a face as he and his wife Melania and members of their family leave the stage at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

US President, Donald Trump, has asked the Supreme Court on to overturn a freeze on the revised travel ban after it was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

The Trump administration, Friday, asked the Supreme Court to revive the president’s plan to temporarily ban citizens from six mostly Muslim countries.

Justice Department lawyers asked the court to overturn a decision of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that kept in place a freeze on President Trump’s revised ban.

The government court filing late asks the justices to set aside the 4th Circuit ruling and accept the case for oral arguments.

It also asks the high court to lift an even broader nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge in a separate Hawaii case.

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A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which covers Hawaii, heard the government’s arguments in that case last month but has not yet ruled.

In its application, Justice Department lawyers said the 4th Circuit should have considered only the language of the executive order and not second-guessed the president’s motivations.

The Supreme Court “has never invalidated religion-neutral government action based on speculation about officials’ subjective motivations drawn from ­campaign-trail statements by a political candidate,” Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in the government’s lawyers wrote in their filing.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores had on Thursday said that the administration is “confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism.”

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