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>> Shut it down, shut it down.>> The fight over US President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban is heading for the Supreme Court. The Administration on Thursday asking the justices to revive an executive order to temporarily bar travelers from six Middle Eastern and North African nations after it was blocked by lower courts.
Lawrence Harry covers the Supreme Court for Reuters.>> At the moment the status quo is that the order has been on hold. So, if the order has been on hold, somehow, I think, they could just leave it on hold until they decide whether it's legal, or not. On the other hand, if some of the justice think that the lower courts that issued injunctions were kind of off base, then they might way to overturn those injunctions and allow the ban to go in to effect, which could send a signal about what they think about the merits of the ban.
>> Opponents of the ban say, it discriminates against Muslims.>> There's never been a case like this, never is our history, with the President of the United States. So, nakedly trying to go after, trying to single out a singe religion.>> And last month a federal appeals court in Virginia agreed.
The panel ruled that Donald Trump's campaign statements can be taken as a signal that his real intent is to bar members of the Muslim faith, statements, such as this.>> Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.>> The White House says, the order is a matter of urgent national security, claiming all travel from the six nations needs to be halted for 90 days, so that new vetting measures can be put in place.
It points out that the wording makes no mention of religion, and that courts should judge it only based by what's written on the page. The nine justice Supreme Court has a fight for conservative majority with conservative Anthony Kennedy occasionally siding with the courts for liberal justices. Another justice, Neil Gorsuch, was appointed by Trump earlier this year.
The court could act on the emergency application within the next two weeks. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is plan to vindicate, tweeting, we've bit this hateful ban and are ready to do it again.