Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

On September 24, President Trump issued a new proclamation restricting travel to the United States from eight countries— Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea. On Monday, the Supreme Court cancelled oral arguments scheduled for October 10 on the consolidated cases related to the previous iteration of Trump’s travel ban and will consider whether that case is rendered moot by the new proclamation.

The new travel ban, like the previous ones, exceeds the President’s authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as HIRC set forth in an amicus brief filed last week. The brief filed by immigration law scholars in the Supreme Court against President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, commonly referred to as the “Muslim ban” or “travel ban.”

The Court consolidated two related cases: Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Projectand Trump v. State of Hawaii, the former brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC); the latter filed by the State of Hawaii to challenge President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order.

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