Trump Has Asked The Supreme Court To Revive The Travel Ban

The President aims to overturn a federal court block on previous immigration measures deemed discriminatory.

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You're probably currently distracted with the news that Donald Trump has just turned his back on global warming. The US have pulled out of the Paris agreement on climate change, claiming it is too harmful to American jobs (Syria and Nicaragua are the only other United Nations members not included.)

But, in an all-too familiar Trump news dump, there's an equally terrifying story hitting our feeds.

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The US administration has also asked the Supreme Court to revive its controversial ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, despite being blocked by lower courts after it was deemed discriminatory and in violation of the US constitution.

The administration filed two emergency applications last night with the nine high court justices.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement: 'We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are 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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Trump's revised, March 6 order — currently blocked by courts — aimed to temporarily suspend entry of nationals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days while the US government implemented stricter visa screening.

On May 25 the 4th US circuit court of appeals in Richmond, Virginia upheld a Maryland judge's ruling blocking the order.

At least five votes are needed on the nine-justice court in order to get the go ahead. If the government's request is granted the ban would go into effect.

This is Trump's second effort to impose travel restriction into the US. The first, issued on January 27, sparked protests and chaos in the US, with thousands of people taking to the streets and airports before it was successfully blocked by the courts.

The Trump administration has argued that the temporary travel ban is a national security measure aimed at preventing Islamist militant attacks.

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