Republican officials from 16 states back Trump in travel ban fight


The Justice Department has called on the Supreme Court to reinstate a temporary travel ban from six predominately Muslim countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The ACLU said on Twitter Monday that it would use President Donald Trump's latest series of tweets about the travel ban in ongoing court battles against the ban.

The president suggested the Justice Department to ask for an expedited hearing and seek a tougher version. That's a problem for Trump since the Department of Justice has argued the President's campaign rhetoric-which called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the country"-should be off limits when considering the constitutionality of the order and that the order as written is without animus toward any particular religion". Trump issued his initial travel ban by executive order in January, but that measure-which banned entry to nationals from seven countries for 90 days and suspended the nation's refugee program for 120 days-was quickly halted by the courts.

But last week, the Trump administration asked the US Supreme Court to undo earlier court orders and allow the ban.

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President Donald Trump has tweeted about his travel ban, again contradicting his White House aides.

If the order truly was motivated by a desire to keep our country safe, what actions have been taken to do so? The courts are slow and political!'

The lower court's order was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Feb 9. The current travel ban is created to restrict travel for 90 days and suspend refugee programs for 120 days so the administration may formally review visa processes for the affected countries.

Trump has used attacks around the world to justify his pursuit of the travel and immigration ban, one of his first acts since taking office.

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White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's tweets following the London attack, saying people are paying too much attention to his Twitter posts.

'Just to be clear, and in response to inquiries, I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife, ' he wrote.

"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", Khan said."When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate".

But on Monday, Trump confirmed on Twitter that it is a ban and "not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people".

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Trump has presented the measure, which seeks to halt entry to the USA for 90 days for people from several predominantly Muslim countries and bar refugees for four months, as essential to prevent attacks in the US.