On September 24, President Donald Trump imposed a temporary travel ban on six nations, which affected eight countries. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed the ban on majority-Muslim countries.
The court dismissed it as a moot case from Maryland.
The pending appeal by the government challenged a U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. It held that Trump’s earlier temporary travel ban order was unconstitutional. After the ban’s 90-day time limit expired, the court decided the case should expire too.
The justices mentioned, they were vacating or setting aside the 4th Circuit’s option.
An individual case from the 9th Circuit in California was pending because it includes a ban on refugees worldwide. The Supreme Court will dismiss the case later this month in Hawaii.
Hawaii warned the justice that all parts of the earlier ban still could be reviewed since Trump wants a “much tougher version.”
The challenges in both cases already have renewed their lawsuits in the lower courts, starting the legal process anew. In Maryland, a federal district court has scheduled a new hearing for next week.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the court’s action. The lawyer dismissed the case in a way which preserved the appeals court ruling against the ban rather than vacating it.
After Trump replaced his order previously, the court delayed the case which was due this Tuesday. The new version will follow a three month review of immigration process.
The latest travel ban targets five countries included in two previous versions. It includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
Unlike the other bans, it treats some countries and types of travelers, such as students or tourists, differently than others.