U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban

ANI | Updated: Oct 25, 2017 04:42 IST

New York [USA], Oct 25 (ANI): The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dropped the hearing of remaining challenge to President Donald Trump's earlier version of travel ban by dismissing the lawsuit brought by the state of Hawaii.

Terming it a moot case, the Supreme Court dismissed Hawaii's lawsuit, challenging Trump administration's travel ban that blocked travelers from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and halts U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days.

Since the 90-day ban expired on September 24 and the 120-day ban expired on Tuesday, the court pronounced there was no "live case or controversy."

In June, the Supreme Court, squashing a Lower Court ruling, had allowed for a partial travel ban against Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, by adding an exemption for people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities in the United States.

According to The Hill, the court combined Hawaii's challenge with a case brought by the International Refugee Assistance Project, but canceled the oral arguments scheduled for October 10 after Trump issued a newer version of the ban expanding to eight countries.

The court dismissed the refugee group's case, on the grounds that it only challenged the 90-day ban.

In the revised ban, Sudan is dropped off the list, whereas Chad, North Korea and certain government officials from Venezuela are added to the ban. (ANI)