Trump Revises Travel Ban, Sup. Ct Cancels Arguments

The Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments set for October 10 on Donald Trump's initial travel ban.

In an order issued Monday, the justices asked for new briefs about whether the third rendition of the travel ban means there is nothing left for the court to decide. The briefs are due Oct. 5 and the court said for now it is removing from its oral argument calendar a hearing scheduled for Oct. 10.

The New York Times says:

By canceling the arguments for now, the court signaled that it may never decide the case. “The cases are removed from the oral argument calendar, pending further order of the court,” the court said.

Yesterday, Donald Trump issued an executive proclamation revising and expanding his travel ban. You can read it here. [More...]

He added three countries to his first list, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. The Venezuela restrictions apply only to government officials.

There are waiver provisions, exceptions for asylum and those needing protection from torture:

This proclamation shall not apply to an individual who has been granted asylum by the United States, to a refugee who has already been admitted to the United States, or to an individual granted withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture. Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to limit the ability of an individual to seek asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture, consistent with the laws of the United States.

Why Venezuelan public officials but not the Venezuelan public? Venezuela calls it "psychological terrorism."

The ACLU responds to the new ban:

"Six of President Trump's targeted countries are Muslim. The fact that Trump has added North Korea -- with few visitors to the US -- and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn't obfuscate the real fact that the administration's order is still a Muslim ban," said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU. "President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list."

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    Here's the problem (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by CST on Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 08:10:35 AM EST
    As I see it - I'm not sure that this is illegal.  Despicable?  Certainly.

    But there's only so much we can do other than vote him out.  I'm glad the ACLU will try anyway, I just don't see how this gets tossed given what we've seen from the supreme court so far.

    This is what got elected.