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Trump delays effective date of travel ban amid court battle

16 June 2017, 04:00 | Silvia Roy

Credit Alisdare Hickson Flickr

Credit Alisdare Hickson Flickr

An executive order can not be divorced from its intent, and if the motivation behind it wasn't sufficiently clear before, Trump's recent tweetstorm of complaints about the "politically correct" version of the travel ban the Justice Department crafted (at his behest) after the initial version was struck down confirms that his intent hasn't changed.

ABC News contributor Kate Shaw said Wednesday's memorandum "clarifies and amends the executive order, effectively neutralizing one of the plaintiffs' key arguments against both a stay and cert - that the order expired" on Wednesday.

The government has already asked the high court to review a similar ruling last month from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The GBTA recently forecast a $1.3 billion loss in overall travel-related expenditures in the US this year due to the ban, as well as other policies like the proposed expanded laptop ban and other political factors like Brexit. The petition also asked the Supreme Court justices to determine the legality of the executive order. The Trump administration has said it is needed to protect national security.

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Afghan security forces accused the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network of being behind the attack, complicating today's talks. USA military commanders have proposed sending 3,000 to 5,000 more advisers to Afghanistan in a bid to break the "stalemate".

The ruling given on Monday against the travel ban was yet another block against Trump's efforts to prohibit entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the USA government reviews their screening procedures.

The Ninth Circuit, however, had upset Rule 23 (f)'s balance. The second order was meant to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, but was blocked by judges before it could go into effect on March 16.

Trump's suspension of the USA refugee program also remains blocked. A Seattle judge blocked its enforcement nationwide in response to a lawsuit by Washington state - a decision that was unanimously upheld by a different three-judge 9th Circuit panel. The Fourth Circuit court based the decision on Trump's public record of statements indicating his order was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment rather than national security concerns.

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A Gaza-based spokesman for the UNRWA, Adnan Abu Hasna, said that Netanyahu was pursuing a " fantasy ". It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way.

The justices are weighing what to do with the president's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

The 9th Circuit on Monday narrowed Watson's ruling in some minor ways, allowing the administration to conduct an internal review of its vetting procedures for refugees and visa applicants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to press the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

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Durant carefully added that he meant the comment as no disrespect to Iverson . "You just smile when you watch him play". The 25-year-old just finished another season with the Cavaliers, falling short of winning another NBA Championship.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set a new briefing schedule, meaning the highest court in the judicial branch in the coming days will decide whether to lift the temporary lower court injunction and whether to hear the Trump administration's appeal against the injunction that blocked the order's implementation.



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