WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, ruling that there is no constitutional right to enter the country.
The court’s five conservative justices rejected the challenge from the state of Hawaii to a ruling by the lower courts that the ban violates the U.N. Convention against Torture.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order that banned travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and indefinitely suspended entry to the United State for citizens of the seven countries.
It has been blocked by courts in Washington state and Minnesota, which have appealed to the Supreme Court.
The justices will consider the Hawaii challenge and the Minnesota case in their summer session.
A federal judge in Seattle blocked Trump’s ban in October, saying it is unconstitutional because the ban goes beyond the president’s powers to control immigration.
The Hawaii case was brought by the state and challenged the constitutionality of the ban.
The appeals court in Seattle had found the ban violated the U:N.
convention against torture.
The states had argued that the U.:N.
treaty does not apply to the executive order.
The courts in Seattle rejected that argument.
“We do not have jurisdiction to resolve this matter because the parties have not established that they have standing to raise this issue in the courts,” the court said.
Hawaii’s lawyers had argued the court’s ruling should not be considered.
The state of Washington said in a statement the decision was disappointing.
“This ruling does not mean that we have a right to challenge the constitutionally-created ban in the Supreme Courts,” it said.
“Instead, the decision suggests that we will need to go to trial in federal court to challenge President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration, and we welcome that opportunity.”
But we will not allow President Trump to unilaterally undo the actions of the previous administration.
President Trump and the Republican-led Congress must stop wasting taxpayer dollars on this unnecessary and unnecessary effort.
“The U.K.-based Human Rights Campaign, which helped file the lawsuit, said in an emailed statement that the Supreme to uphold the ban would “lead to the end of the protections we have fought for for years.
“The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration said it will appeal the ruling and that the case is currently on appeal.
The Whitehouse said on Twitter on Sunday that the decision “was a victory for the rule of law and for the American people who want the government to respect our laws and our Constitution.”
Trump’s travel order has been a major political issue in Washington, where the Democrats control the U