The Wall Street Journal: Surpreme Court dismisses Trump travel ban case

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WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court is one step closer to sidestepping a decision on President Donald Trump’s expiring travel ban, even while lawsuits on a new version of the ban move forward.

The high court late Tuesday dismissed one of two pending cases on Trump’s executive order from March that barred travel to the U.S. by people from six Muslim majority countries. The president said the ban was needed for national security, while his critics said the prohibition unlawfully targeted people because of their religion.

The justices, in a two-paragraph order, said the case was moot because the old six-country ban expired. It was replaced by a new, third version of the travel ban the president issued Sept. 24 that focuses on nationals from eight countries, including the non-Muslim majority nations of North Korea and Venezuela.

Lawsuits already are moving forward in lower courts challenging the new restrictions.

As part of its dismissal, the Supreme Court vacated a May ruling by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Va., that said the president’s last travel ban “drips with religious intolerance” and was likely unconstitutional.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com

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