The administration said the president intends to replace the travel ban with a new executive order that will be tailored to the recent court order blocking it.
A three-judge bench of the 9th circuit court had earlier dismissed the US government’s request that a lower court’s order placing a hold on the travel ban’s implementation be lifted.
The travel ban, which severally restricts entry into the US from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – attracted significant controversy and opposition.
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On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive action severally restricting entry into the US for travellers originating from seven Muslim-majority counties: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Trump administration took pains to maintain that the order was not a so-called ‘Muslim ban’, a phrase Trump had used during his presidential campaign.
The order sparked chaos at airports in the US and also sparked protests at several places. The Trump administration however maintained that the implementation of the ban had been smooth.
The state of Washington became one of the first US states to file a lawsuit against the executive order. Ruling in the suit, a US federal judge temporarily put a US-wide block on the travel ban’s implementation.
The Trump administration criticised the judge’s order, with Trump himself tweeting that the “so-called” judge’s “ridiculous” opinion “essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country.”
The US Justice Department appealed the judge’s ruling, asking a higher court to reinstate the travel ban. The appeal was, however, rejected and the temporary hold on the travel ban stayed in effect.
While Trump initially indicated that his administration would take up the matter with higher courts, it now appears that the US government won’t be taking the case forward. Instead, it plans to replace the original travel ban with a new immigration order in the near future.