Trump pushes back on claims that travel ban soon to expire

Trump pushes back on claims that travel ban soon to expire

"President Trump knows that the country he has been elected to lead is threatened daily by terrorists who believe in a radical ideology, and that there are active plots to infiltrate the USA immigration system - just as occurred prior to 9/11", Sessions said in a statement on Monday. The justices are considering the administration's request to reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

The Ninth Circuit decision against Trump's temporary travel ban argues that Trump did not "provide any link between an individual's nationality and their propensity to commit terrorism or their inherent dangerousness" or explain "why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries under current protocols would be detrimental to the interests of the United States".

Sessions cautioned against placing "our nation at risk until we have the have the ability accurately and responsibly to vet those seeking entry here".

A new White House memo seeks to keep parts of President Donald Trump's immigration executive order alive, even as its broader implementation remains stalled due to court injunctions.

He also is reiterating the Trump administration's argument that the ban isn't based on religion, but safety concerns. That ruling said the executive order violated US immigration law.

Spicer told reporters that the White House is reviewing the opinion but maintains the order is "fully lawful". A USA appeals court recently upheld a decision that blocked the executive order signed by President Trump.

On Monday, three judges on a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld an earlier decision by a Hawaii federal judge to block the government from enforcing the travel executive order. The department had already appealed to the Supreme Court the first ruling by the USA appeals court in Richmond, Virginia.