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Feds not rushing travel-ban appeal to Supreme Court

18 February 2017

Trump's most publicized executive order was his immigration ban, blocking citizens from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the USA, as well as halting the refugee program.

Trump's executive order, signed January 27, barred refugees from entering the country for 120 days; citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya for 90 days; and citizens of Syria indefinitely.

"In so doing, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation", the DOJ said in its filing.

In a press conference, Trump said he plans overhaul the order to amend parts of it the court had an issue with.

"The panel's decision is based on a misunderstanding of the scope of the order", the department said, adding the travel ban only applied to "aliens who have never entered this country".

The motion, by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, was to overrule a temporary restraining order (TRO) imposed by a lower court judge against the travel ban.

Trump did not clarify details of what would be in the new order, saying only that it would be "tailored" to the previous rulings issued by "bad" courts-most of which concluded that challenges to its constitutionality would likely prevail.

Thus, "The Trump Executive Order on Refugees & Immigrants" panel at IPFW was a hasty way of informing the community and student body about Trump's ban on travel on those from seven majorly Muslim countries and all refugees into the U.S. The courts will and must continue to question and check Trump's executive orders and actions, because if they do not, the safety of the entire country truly will be at stake.

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Trump said at the news conference that a new order would come next week.

But subsequently the administration instead made a decision to offer a revised order constructed less hastily than the first, aware that it needs to be on its strongest footing as its actions face legal and political scrutiny.

On Thursday, Trump characterized the implementation of his order as a "very smooth rollout".

Chief Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit issued an order for the court granting that stay, noting that Justice Department lawyers have told the court they will promptly inform the judges of new developments expected in the coming days.

"DACA is a very, very hard subject for me, I will tell you", Trump said. The order banned travel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

Opponents of the ban had said the ban unconstitutionally discriminated against Muslims.

The president has broad authority to set immigration policy, but federal judges across the country have ruled against Trump's particular travel ban.

Feds not rushing travel-ban appeal to Supreme Court