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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the travel ban


The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday night to reinstate its travel ban that blocks travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. 

"We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. 

In the Justice Department filing, the Trump administration said that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit made a mistake in its ruling, arguing it should have only focused on the language of the revised ban instead of the president's motivations. 

Last month the court, which is based in Richmond, Virginia, held that the travel policy was "rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country," and, therefore, was in violation of the Constitution. 

The government's filing also asks the Supreme Court to lift a nationwide injunction put in place by a federal judge in Hawaii. The ruling, which is now being considered by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, applies to a separate aspect of the policy that, if lifted, would allow the government to suspend the country's refugee program for 120 days. 

Revisions to the original ban included eliminating Iraq from the list of countries affected. Now, the countries affected include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

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The ACLU vowed to continue its fight against the ban.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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