Months after his travel ban was blocked by a federal court, another U.S. appeals court has again upheld a decision to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban Monday.
The latest decision is seen as another legal defeat for the Trump administration. The ruling was delivered by a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
According to them, the president violated U.S. immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality and by failing to demonstrate that their entry into the country would hurt American interests.
“Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show,”
the judges said. “The president’s authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints.” The panel stated.The Supreme Court will likely consider a separate case on the issue.
Watson ruled that the true purpose of the temporary ban on travel from six mostly Muslim nations was to discriminate against Islam — not to protect national security. That violated the Constitution’s prohibition on the government officially favoring or disfavoring any religion, he said.
The 9th Circuit judges in their ruling stated that they didn’t need to reach the constitutional question because the travel ban violated immigration law, and thus wasn’t allowed.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia had also ruled against the administration’s travel ban on May 25, citing the president’s campaign statements as evidence that the 90-day ban is “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.” The administration has appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court.
During one of the arguments before the The 9th Circuit on May 15
Judge Ronald Gould asked. “How is a court to know if, in fact, it’s a Muslim ban in the guise of national security justification?”
President Trump it will be recalled had first issued the travel ban on a Friday in late January, which went on to usher chaos and protests to airports around the country after banning seven Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Even when his executive order was blocked, he went on to rewrite his executive order rather than appeal to the at that time.
In March, a judge in Honolulu had also blocked the president’s new version from taking effect, citing what he had called “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” in Trump’s campaign statements.
Another Seattle judge also blocked the enforcement of the executive order nationwide following a lawsuit by Washington state.
The president’s executive order had drew several states and civil rights groups to challenge both the initial ban and the revised ban, stating that it remained rooted in discrimination and exceeded the president’s authority.
It is uncertain if President Trump will let go of his controversial ban which has continuously been thrown out by several US court. If he gives up on the ban order, it would mean not fulfilling one of his key promises during his presidential campaign.
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