The U.S. government asked the Supreme Court on June 1 to immediately reinstate a temporary travel ban on individuals from six Muslim-majority nations, multiple media reports said.
Filing two emergency applications, the Justice Department asked the nine high court justices to block lower court rulings in Maryland and Hawaii that halted the implementation of the travel ban ordered by President Donald Trump, Reuters reported.
A separate appeal was also filed against the May 25 ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. that upheld the Maryland ruling.
In a statement reported by NBC News, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said they are "confident that President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism."
"The President is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States," she also said.
If the Supreme Court grants the administration's requests, the travel ban will take effect immediately, according to Reuters, denying people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry to the U.S. for 90 days.