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Supreme Court Tosses Out Challenge to Trump Travel Ban

Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban on residents of some Muslim-majority countries because of its replacement with a newer version.

The travel ban on residents of six Muslim-majority countries, including Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, expired Sept. 24, making the International Refugee Assistance Project's case against the ban moot, the court ruled Tuesday.

Although the court initially agreed to hear two cases challenging the order on Oct. 10, the arguments were canceled after Trump issued new restrictions.

Trump's new ban restricts travelers from five of the six countries on his original list. It also added three more countries: North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad.

"Because that provision of the order 'expired by its own terms' on September 24, 2017, the appeal no longer presents a 'live case or controversy'," the Supreme Court summary said.

The ruling is a victory for the Trump administration, as their attorneys asked the court to drop the case after issuing the updated ban this fall.

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