Breaking: Supreme Court Delivers Brutal Bad News to Radicals

With President Donald Trump’s updated travel ban executive order set to expire Sunday, he issued a third version of the order with some key changes that may help it withstand legal challenges.

Because it will be replaced, the Supreme Court announced Monday that oral arguments challenging the second ban scheduled for Oct. 10 are now canceled, according to The Hill.

Instead, the court ordered both sides in the case to submit briefs by Oct. 5 explaining whether or not they believe the whole case is now moot and should be dismissed, or simply kicked back down to the lower courts to be reconsidered in light of the new order.

The justices also requested similar briefs be filed regarding Trump’s related but separate global refugee ban, which is set to expire and potentially be “moot” on Oct. 24.

According to Politico, the new order retains six of the seven countries named in the second order, dropping Sudan from the banned travel list, while adding the nations of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

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Unsurprisingly, even as legal experts suggest that the addition of North Korea and Venezuela to the third travel ban list should make it more difficult for critics to smear the move as a discriminatory “Muslim ban,” that hasn’t yet stopped some of those critics from dismissing the additions and ludicrously insisting with no real evidence that Trump still intends to ban all Muslims.

Challenges to Trump’s prior iterations of the ban relied heavily on his campaign trail statements regarding a potential ban on Muslim entry, a potentially precedent-setting development that has sparked concern among some judges and legal scholars.

Even The New York Times reported that this newest version of the travel ban seems likely to withstand any new legal challenge because of the addition of two non-Muslim majority nations, and since it’s based upon a thorough security review by the Department of Homeland Security.

The new ban won’t actually go into effect until Oct. 18, and though the prior ban has now officially expired, it will nevertheless remain in effect until the replacement is fully in place.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the courts over the next few weeks, but as of now, it looks like Trump is finally on solid legal footing with his effort to protect the country with a thorough vetting of immigrants and halting the travel privileges for those from dangerous countries where thorough vetting is largely impossible.

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