U.S. settles suit over Trump travel ban

Reporting by Rich Edson

Hameed Khalid Darweesh is an Iraqi immigrant who worked with the U.S. military. In January, he was detained in New York—a result of the Trump administration’s first travel ban.

Under his settlement with the administration, the government must notify those wrongly blocked from entering the United States in January and help them reapply for U.S. visas.

A Justice Department spokeswoman tells FOX news: “Although this case has been moot since March, when the president rescinded the original executive order and issued a new one that does not restrict the entry of Iraqi nationals, the U.S. government has elected to settle this case on favorable terms.”

Department officials say the decision affects fewer than 20 people and that they had the right prior to this settlement to reapply for a visa.

The next and ultimate legal destination for the president’s travel ban is the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Trump administration unveiled its first travel ban in January barring citizens from entering Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. All are Muslim-majority countries.

The next day, a federal judge in New York blocked some of the order. Days later a U.S. district judge in Seattle halted the immigration ban nationwide.

A month later, the Trump administration issued a new, more limited order.

The following week, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked that executive order and in June, the Supreme Court reinstated some of it while it considers the issue.

Supreme Court oral arguments are scheduled for next month. Justices will consider how much power a president has over immigration, national security concerns and any role religion may have played in the order.