Trump turns to Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having so far failed to persuade judges to allow its travel ban to take effect, the Trump administration is turning to the nation’s highest court with its slim conservative majority.

The Justice Department on Thursday formally asked the Supreme Court to let a ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world take effect. The high court also is being asked to uphold the constitutionality of the Trump travel policy, which lower courts have blocked because it shows anti-Muslim prejudice.

The administration is banking on being able to persuade a majority of the nine-member court, they should defer to the president’s considerable authority over immigration and his responsibility for keeping the nation safe.

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