Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Upholds Court Order Blocking Trump's Executive Order

Feb 11, 2017, 00:17

A panel of three judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals asserted that the Trump administration has failed to prove any national security threat from these 7 countries to support or justify the immediate imposition of the ban.

The panel declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the US.

The ban resulted from an executive order, in which the president temporarily halted USA entry of citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries and suspended Syrian refugee immigration indefinitely. His travel ban sparked protests and chaos at USA and overseas airports.

Assuming the 9th Circuit's ruling is appealed, the Supreme Court could eventually decide the issue.

First among the tweets below is Trump's, because Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and others were responding to his response. But courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for a justice system if they would be able what's right.

Opponents also assailed the ban as discriminatory against Muslims.

Washington state's attorney general, Bob Ferguson, said on CNN after the ruling: "We are a nation of laws ... those laws apply to everybody in our country".

The order, the most divisive act of Mr Trump's three-week-old presidency, sparked protests and chaos at U.S. and overseas airports.

Lawyers from Washington state and Minnesota - which mounted the legal challenge against Mr Trump - had offered compelling evidence that even a temporary reinstatement of the travel ban would cause harm, and raised serious allegations of religious discrimination.

Trump, who took office on January 20, has defended the measure, the most divisive act of his young presidency, as necessary for national security.

A woman holds up a sign outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The measure was suspended last Friday in a lower federal court, re-opening U.S. borders to the thousands of refugees and travellers who had been suddenly barred from the country.

Although the decision is a blow for the Trump administration, the matter may not be over - it's possible the administration will ask the Supreme Court to look at the matter. The State Department said up to 60,000 foreigners' visas had been cancelled in the days immediately after the ban was imposed.

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