CBS News reports:
The Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments on President Trump’s travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries and will be argued in October. The country had been waiting for the court to make its decision public about the biggest legal controversy in the first five months of Mr. Trump’s presidency.
The Supreme Court usually saves its most important decisions for the final day of the term. The issue has been tied up in the courts since his original order in January sparked confusion and widespread protests just days after he took office.
The justices met Thursday morning for their last regularly scheduled private conference in June and probably took a vote then about whether to let the Trump administration immediately enforce the ban and hear the administration’s appeal of lower court rulings blocking the ban.
The court had to decide before late this week, after which the justices will scatter for the summer for speeches, teaching gigs and vacations. It would have taken five votes to reinstate the ban, but it only took four to set the case for argument. Justice Neil Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s nominee who was confirmed in April, is taking part in the highest-profile issue yet in his three months on the court.
Supreme Court to consider President Trump's immigrant travel ban, and lower court rulings blocking executive order will remain in effect.
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