Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

People stand on the steps of the Supreme Court on Feb. 13, 2016, in Washington. The Trump administration made a plea to the Supreme Court on June 1, 2017, to let travel ban take effect (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

The Justice Department filing to the high court late Thursday argues that the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, made several mistakes in ruling against the Trump travel policy. The government says the nation will be safer if the policy is put in place.

Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores says the ban is lawful.

Immigration officials would have 90 days to decide what changes are necessary before people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may resume applying for visas.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the national security concerns an after-the-fact justification for a policy that was “intended to bar Muslims from this country.”

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