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The court took note of Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, and the fact that he shared on Twitter anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British political figure.
The Supreme Court signaled last month it was likely to uphold the policy.
Trump's order, which calls for "enhancing vetting capabilities," restricts the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries.
Despite widespread condemnation, Trump was praised by former KKK leader David Duke for sharing the videos, saying, “Thank God for Trump! That's why we love him!”
The new ban, President Trump’s third, including one issued in January that was blocked by lower courts, could affect tens of thousands of potential immigrants and visitors to the United States.
The challengers, characterizing the new ban as an indefinite extension of the previous one, said individuals who sued have an interest in the expired measure being declared unlawful because they continue to be harmed by the new policy.
The complaint says that the majority of the people affected by the ban are Muslim and that North Korea and Venezuela were added so Trump could “cloak this latest iteration of his Muslim ban in religiously neutral garb by invoking a national security review.”
With the travel restrictions expiring, the court has an easy way out because it could simply say that the case is no longer a live issue and therefore, in legal parlance, moot.
“But stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” the president tweeted.
The full Supreme Court could act within days.
A July 14 memo updated the definition of “close family” that are exempt from the Muslim ban laid down in President Trump’s March 6 executive order.
Ruling says Muslim ban cannot block grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens from entering the United States.
The government said after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that a “bona fide relationship” meant close family members only, such as parents, spouses, fiancés, siblings and children.
The highest court let the ban go forward with a limited scope, saying that it cannot apply to anyone with credible “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity.
The Supreme Court ruling exempted travelers and refugees who have a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States.
While the court said it would exempt travelers from the ban who have “bona fide relationships” with Americans, the ruling did not specify exactly what that means.
Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.
The Supreme Court could now act at any time.
If the case was moot, the Supreme Court would have no reason to rule on it and lower court rulings against the administration would remain in place.
The nation’s top court, which leans conservative after the confirmation of Trump’s appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch, could act as soon as this week on his administration’s request to reinstate the order.
The three-judge panel did not address whether it was unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims.
President Trump has been publicly lashing out at his own Justice Department, an unprecedented move for a president.
Last week the Trump administration rolled out new policies for those seeking a U.S. visa, asking for the social media handles they have used over the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years.
The nine justices are set to weigh whether Trump’s harsh election campaign rhetoric can be used as evidence that the order was intended to discriminate against Muslims.