On Thursday, the US Justice Department filed with the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate the executive order Signed by President Trump that attempted to create a temporary travel ban on six Muslim majority nations.
Last March, President Trump signed an executive order barring entry for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the U.S. government implements stricter visa screening. The order also placed a temporary moratorium on entry of refugees from any country while vetting procedures were reviewed. Soon after the signing, a Maryland federal judge blocked the order
That ruling was upheld last month in a ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia which stated in its ruing that the order was racist.
The 4th Circuit’s Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory wrote that the government’s “asserted national security interest … appears to be a post hoc, secondary justification for an executive action rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.”
On Thursday, the White House petitioned the Supreme Court in an appeal.
“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,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.
In order to hear the case, the Supreme Court would now have to grant certioari — or accept the case — by having four of its nine justices vote in the affirmative.