On Thursday night, the White House appealed to the Supreme Court a federal court’s decision to freeze President Trump’s revised Muslim ban, according to a report by CNN.
The President issued an executive order soon after assuming office in January that “officially imposed a ban on seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.” The executive order was struck down by three federal courts as it violated the establishment clause, which states that “one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.”
Trump later revised the text of the travel ban and excluding Iraq from the list of banned countries. Trump’s attempts weren’t fruitful and last week a federal court, in a 10-to-3 decision, left in place the freeze, finding that the Muslim ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
The Trump administration’s decision will now be tested in Supreme Court with a conservative majority, thanks in large to Trump’s recent appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
We will update the story as more information comes in.