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Trump uses London attack to support travel ban

[JURIST] President Donald Trump [official profile] made a series of tweets [Twitter page] on Saturday to profess the need for his travel ban stemming from the London attack [Reuters report]. Trump also phoned British Prime Minister Theresa May [official website] to offer condolences and give support if Britain would need it, according [Reuters report] to a White House statement. Currently seven people have died from the Saturday night attack as a van drove into crowds of pedestrians on the London Tower Bridge. Three men then proceeded to get out of the vehicle and stabbed people in nearby bars before they were shot dead by police. British PM May released a statement [Reuters report] early Sunday stating that the attack was believed to be terrorism and that Britain must revise their counter-terrorism strategy. This is the third attack in the UK in two months.

Earlier this week the Trump administration filed a petition [JURIST report] to ask the Supreme Court to temporarily lift injunctions that block the president's executive order suspending visa issuance to individuals traveling to the US from six Muslim-majority countries. Since the original travel ban [JURIST op-ed] was signed, states and lower courts have fought against it. Many states have filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] opposing the ban. Early in February the order faced opposition [JURIST report] from former government employees and private individuals. In March a federal court judge in Wisconsin issued a restraining order against the travel ban [JURIST report] for one Syrian asylum seeker and his family. Thirteen states came out in support of the revised travel ban [JURIST report] by filing a brief with the court stating that the president lawfully acted in the interest of national security.

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