Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the Supreme Court's decision to partially lift an injunction against President Trump's travel ban on Monday.In an extensive statement, Sessions said he looks forward to helping the Trump administration argue the before the Supreme Court in October. The president's executive order is one that "protect[s] the national security of the United States," he said. Sessions also called the order an "important step towards restoring the separation of powers between the branches of the federal government.""The Court's decision recognizes that the Executive has the responsibility to protect the safety and security of the American people under the Constitution of the United States and its laws. The judiciary serves, pursuant to their oath, under the same Constitution and these same laws. This case raises profound questions about the proper balance of these constitutional powers, and we are eager to advance our views on these important issues," Sessions said.
Sessions also said the Justice Department is "confident that the United States Supreme Court will uphold this constitutional and necessary executive order."
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the litigation over President Trump's travel ban, but ruled that the administration could start blocking nationals from six Muslim-majority countries who don't have relationships with U.S. citizens from entering the country.
Trump's Justice Department petitioned the high court to review the travel ban litigation and remove the blockades of the ban put in place by the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals. The case making its way to the high court involves a second executive order Trump issued to implement the ban. The revised order aims to prevent nationals from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Trump first signed a travel ban executive order in January, but it was struck down by lower courts.
The president issued a revised ban several weeks later, in March. That executive order blocks nationals from six Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Lawsuits were filed against the revised travel ban after Trump signed it, and the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration.
The Justice Department then petitioned the Supreme Court at the beginning of the month to hear arguments over Trump's travel ban
After the high court announced its decision, Trump praised the justices and said the decision to allow a limited version of the ban to begin is a "clear victory for national security."
"My number one responsibility as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe," the president said. "Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our nation's homeland."