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>> The fate of Donald Trump's ban on travelers to the US from six Muslim majority countries blocked by federal courts could end up at the Supreme Court, where his nominee Neil Gorsuch could help settle the matter. And Gorsuch's spot on the bench gives the High Court a five to four conservative majority.
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But that doesn't mean the Court will necessarily side with the administration. Reuter's legal correspondent Andrew Chung.>> Neil Gorsuch is a conservative. However, during his confirmation process he gave no indication of how he would rule on a travel ban case or any other.>> The Virginia-based Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruling to keep in place a lower court decision that blocked Trump's temporary travel ban.
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The Fourth Circuit saying the statements by Trump and his aides on the campaign trail made clear the ban was meant to bar Muslims. The government says the ban makes no mention of any religion and is a matter of national security. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowing to take the administration's appeal to the Supreme Court.
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The question could come down to Anthony Kennedy, who has in the past joined the courts liberal wing as a swing vote. That's because of an opinion Kennedy wrote in a 2015 case on immigration.>> What Kennedy said was that the challenger in an immigration case can try to show that the government acted in bad faith.
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And if they do show that the government acted in a bad faith, then the court, which usually defers to the government in immigration matters can look behind the decision to its true motivations.>> If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, it likely won't happen until late in the year, with a final resolution expected a year after Trump issued his order.