Federal appeals court upholds block on Trump’s travel ban
The Federal appeals court on Monday refused to revive Trump’s U.S. travel ban, which would have affected people from six Muslim-majority nations. The ruling upheld an injunction that blocked portions of President Trump’s executive order.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the second federal appeals court to reject the Trump administration’s bid to undo a Hawaii federal judge’s decision that blocked the temporary travel ban in a dispute headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three-judge panel ruled Trump’s March 6 order a violation of existing immigration law, however, failed to address whether the travel ban was unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims.
President Trump criticized the federal appeals court ruling in a Tuesday morning tweet,
“Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again – Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.” Trump said in a post on Twitter, apparently referencing the U.S. Supreme Court.
The revised travel ban was heavily criticized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and described as overreaching national security powers. The three-judge panel ruled that Trump’s inflammatory comments, notably his tweets about the travel ban a week ago gave credence to the court’s decision.
Given the fact that the immigration order was before the courts at the time of the tweet, within minutes of posting his thoughts on the travel ban, Trump received responses on Twitter about possible backlash. He continued to tweet despite warnings.
The American Civil Liberties Union, for example, tweeted that Trump’s tweets could be used as evidence and if they waited long enough, he might provide the ACLU with a full brief.
The court also noted that White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed in a White House briefing that President Trump considers his tweets “official” statements from the White House.
Trump’s 90-day ban targets travelers from six Muslim-majority countries—Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The 9th Circuit Court left in place a nationwide injunction by Judge Derrick Watson (Hawaii) that stopped parts of the order that Trump contends, is a needed action to prevent terrorism in the United States
The Richmond, Virginia 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on last month, also upheld a Maryland judge’s ruling that blocked Trump’s ban.
President Trump has faced defeat in four court rulings on the March order prompting the White House administration to ask the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency review.
U.S. Attorney General Sessions, in a statement on Monday, said Trump’s executive order was indeed lawful and that the court rulings have had a “chilling effect” on security operations.