White House confident Trump’s travel ban will be “upheld by Supreme Court”

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:34 GMT, Jun 13, 2017 |

The White House maintained its position that President Donald Trump’s executive travel ban would be upheld by the highest U.S. court, dispute a blow from the California-based federal appeals court on Monday (June 12). The court refused to revive his travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority nations.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco largely left in place a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that blocked the president’s March 6 travel ban order, which Trump said was urgently needed to prevent terrorism in the United States.

Even before Monday’s ruling, the case was on the fast-track to the Supreme Court, where the Trump administration on June 1 filed an emergency request seeking to reinstate the executive order.

The March ban was Trump’s second effort to implement travel restrictions through an executive order. The first, issued on Jan. 27, led to chaos and protests at airports and in various cities before it was blocked by the courts. The second order was intended to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, but it was blocked by judges before it could go into effect on March 16.