President Trump achieved another victory on Tuesday when the Supreme Court dismissed the final case challenging his travel ban.
The state of Hawaii brought on a lawsuit challenging the 90-day travel ban on nationals from six majority Muslim countries, and the 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee resettlement program. SCOTUS issued an order dismissing the lawsuit and claimed that the case is now disputable.
The court explained that due to the 90-day ban expiring on Sept. 24 and the 120-day halt expiring on Tuesday there is no longer a “live case or controversy”.
Back in June, the Supreme Court had also sided with President Trump’s ban. A lower court had blocked the ban, but SCOTUS ruled in favor of Trump and reinstated the ban.
After Trump issued new traveling restrictions on eight countries, the court canceled any oral arguments scheduled. SCOTUS had previously combined Hawaii’s case with a case the International Refugee Assistance Project and both were scheduled for Oct. 10.
The case brought upon by the International Refugee Project against Trump’s 90-day ban was dismissed by the court due to the ban in question no longer being disputable.
SCOTUS reported that although they had dismissed the case involving the refugee group, they were not expressing any view on the merits.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor explained that in tossing out the lower court’s block in June, the Supreme Court did so because the lower court should have never accepted the case.
District court judges from Hawaii and Maryland have put Trump’s new targeted restrictions on hold. The eight countries involved are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad North Korea, and certain government officials from Venezuela.
Derrick Watson, Hawaii’s District Court Judge blocked all the restrictions except to Venezuelan officials or immigrants from North Korea. Theodore Chuange, Maryland’s District Court Judge are blocking restrictions to all countries except North Korea, and business officials from Venezuela and individuals lacking a credible relationship with a person or entity in the United States.