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Just In! US Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of Trump Travel Ban (Video)

Thursday, February 9, 2017 16:32
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals court rejects President Trump’s demand to resume travel ban

 

US appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco said Thursday it will release its ruling by the end of the business day in the legal fight over whether to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

A panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is deciding whether to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban last week after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The ban temporarily suspended the nation’s refugee program and immigration from countries that have raised terrorism concerns.

Justice Department lawyers appealed to the 9th Circuit, arguing that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the United States and that the courts cannot second-guess his determination that such a step was needed to prevent terrorism.

The states said Trump’s travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities. Citing Trump’s campaign promise to stop Muslims from entering the U.S., they said the ban unconstitutionally blocked entry to people based on religion.

Both sides faced tough questioning during an hour of arguments Tuesday conducted by phone — an unusual step — and broadcast live on cable networks, newspaper websites and social media. It attracted a huge audience.

The judges hammered away at the administration’s claim that the ban was motivated by terrorism fears, but they also challenged the states’ argument that it targeted Muslims.

“I have trouble understanding why we’re supposed to infer religious animus when, in fact, the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected,” Judge Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush nominee, asked an attorney representing Washington state and Minnesota.

Only 15 percent of the world’s Muslims are affected by the executive order, the judge said, citing his own calculations.

“Has the government pointed to any evidence connecting these countries to terrorism?” Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, asked the Justice Department attorney.

The lower-court judge temporarily halted the ban after determining that the states were likely to win the case and had shown that the ban would restrict travel by their residents, damage their public universities and reduce their tax base. Robart put the executive order on hold while the lawsuit works its way through the courts.

After that ruling, the State Department quickly said people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — with valid visas could travel to the U.S. The decision led to tearful reunions at airports round the country.

During his remarks at a law enforcement conference, Trump said the courts blocking his divisive immigration order “seem to be so political.”

Trump’s own Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, finds the president’s comments about the judicial branch “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” a spokeswoman for the nomination confirmation team told NBC News on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court has a vacancy, and there’s no chance Gorsuch, will be confirmed in time to take part in any consideration of the ban.

The ban was set to expire in 90 days, meaning it could run its course before the court would take up the issue. The administration also could change the executive order, including changing its scope or duration.

— CNBC.com and NBC News contributed to this report.

 

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  • YellowRoseTx51

    They are interested parties. If he wins, they lose it all..he’ll out them.

  • Citizensarrest

    Blackmail of our government officials runs rampant and they are afraid to do what is morally right without permission from their “handlers”. Protection of our country is the number one responsibility of the Federal government and why the Federal Government was originally established. (To fight off the Barbary Pirates) The judiciary and our Congress have been bought by the globalist corporations and bankers through donations to their causes and their campaigns and have a theology of Globalism not Nationalism. Nationalism will keep Americans safe, Globalism will depopulate the world and you along with it. The One World Order is presented through UN Agenda 21 and UN Agenda 2030. This is not a republican or democrat issue as it has been pushed on both sides of the aisle. Please educate yourself! President Trump has.

  • JKnTX

    He can always pull the Cromwell option on them.

  • jdpent01

    JDP…YES IF ISIS GETS IN AND CAUSES HARM TO AMERICANS THESE JUDGES WILL HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS AND WILL NEED TO BE DISBARRED. THEY USE NOT LEGAL REASONS TO STOP TRUMP BUT POLITICAL REASONS WHICH DON’T BELONG IN THE COURTS OF THEIR JURISDICTION.

  • jdpent01

    JDP…YES, IT SUPREME COURT TIME UNTIL THEN HEAVY VETTING MUST BE DONE TO NON AMERICANS AND GREEN CARDERS. WHO WANTS THEIR SALAD BOWL BLOWN UP AT LUNCH TIME, OR THEIR MOVIE SHOT UP? WHY DO COURT HOUSES HAVE POLICE AND GUARDS THAT TAKE ALL RADIO EQUIPMENT AND GUNS,knives etc. FROM ITS CITIZENS ENTERING THE BUILDING? BECAUSE THEY WANT A safe environment to be in and thats the same president trump wants for America. nothing more

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