The Trump administration argued Wednesday that the court case on its immigration restrictions is simply too important for the Supreme Court to ignore, in its final filing before the court decides whether to take up the case.
"[T]he fact that the decision below nullifies a national-security directive of the president warrants review regardless of whether the circuits are divided," wrote Jeffrey B. Wall, acting solicitor general, in the brief. "This Court has granted review on important questions of immigration law in the absence of any square, developed conflict."
The solicitor general's office submitted its response on Wednesday to the State of Hawaii's most recent brief over the travel ban litigation. It asked the court to hear the case, and lift the blockades of President Trump's travel ban implemented by federal appeals courts.
The litigation pending review by the Supreme Court stems from Trump's revised order to block foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
The Trump administration met its noon Wednesday deadline to respond to Tuesday's briefs from attorneys arguing against Trump's travel ban. The Supreme Court is likely to decide later this week whether or not it will hear the travel ban case.