Supreme Court dismisses remaining travel ban challenge

Supreme Court dismisses remaining travel ban challenge

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered the dismissal [text, PDF] of Hawaii v. Trump [SCOTUSblog materials], the last remaining challenge of the now expired March 6 travel ban [JURIST news archive].

In the brief order, the court noted that the provisions of the original executive order “expired by [their] own terms,” and thus the matter is rendered moot. As a result of the expiration of the order, the court vacated the judgement [text] of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in which the court of appeals blocked the implementation of the initial travel ban. The court then remanded the matter to the court of appeals with instructions to dismiss the matter as moot.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor [official profile] was the only Justice to dissent from the order on the grounds that the writ of certiorari should have never been granted as the order was bound to inevitably expire.

The Supreme Court now awaits the likely appeals arising out of the September travel ban [text, PDF], which has already been blocked by the US District Court for the District of Maryland and the US District Court for Hawaii [JURIST reports].