Parties file Supreme Court briefs on whether travel ban cases are moot

Parties file Supreme Court briefs on whether travel ban cases are moot

The parties involved in challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban order filed letter briefs with the US Supreme Court Thursday addressing whether the issue is moot in light of Trump’s September 24 proclamation [JURIST report] that created new restrictions on entry to the US for citizens of eight countries.

The US government filed a brief [text, PDF] arguing that Trump’s proclamation rendered the pending cases, Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project [SCOTUSblog materials], moot.

Attorneys for Hawaii and the International Refugee Assistance Project [briefs, PDF] argued in their briefs that the Supreme Court should proceed with the cases.

The justices will likely take up the issue at their Friday conference.

Also Thursday an attorney for Hawaii told the court [letter, PDF] that the state will seek to file an amended complaint challenging the September 24 proclamation.