The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday on whether to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump’s order barring refugees and other immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations.
The justices will hear arguments from three lawyers who argue that Trump’s executive order is an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental rights of the country’s Muslims.
The case centers on a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a legal advocacy group that has fought to block Trump’s refugee ban.
The Trump administration has not responded to a request for comment.
The decision is expected to be made before Christmas.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, Washington, after the Trump administration in February suspended a refugee program for people from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The program, known as the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program, is designed to bring families of refugees to the U.S. and provide them with support, education and employment opportunities.
A federal judge in February denied the administration’s request to lift the suspension, but the Trump Administration appealed.
On Tuesday, the court will hear argument from attorneys for the ACLU, who argue the refugee resettlement program was a “substantial factor” in the U of A’s decision to drop out of the U, not because of a refugee ban but because of Trump’s decision.
The suit also asks the court to invalidate the Refugee Executive Order.