9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds injunction on Trump's travel ban

Andrew Cummings
June 14, 2017

Then, in March, Trump blasted another federal judge's ruling that blocked a revised version of the travel ban, suggesting it was a politically motivated decision that made the USA look "weak".

The ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is yet another stinging loss from a court that similarly refused to reinstate Trump's original executive order on travel in February.

"S.C." likely refers to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the president has pledged to take the travel ban legal fight.

This is seen as a major defeat for Trump's proposed temporary ban for travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.

A panel of judges in San Francisco unanimously upheld a block on implementation of the travel ban without even reaching the question of whether it amounts to unconstitutional religious discrimination.

The appellate court said the president overstepped his authority when he issued the March 6 executive order.

The judges ruled against Trump on both the effort to bar travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and on the clause suspending the refugee program for 120 days.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said after Monday's ruling that the ban was necessary to protect national security, and the president was within his lawful authority to enact it.

The opinion, however, narrowed a March ruling on the travel ban by allowing the administration to internally review its vetting procedures for refugees and visas applicants.

A lawyer for Hawaii, which is challenging the ban, filed his own letter urging a slightly shorter briefing schedule that would include only one more administration brief.

This latest court room battle comes after the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar decision last month which also upheld a lower court's decision blocking the ban.

"I stated from the beginning that the president must act in a way that follows the laws and constitution of the United States", Chin said in a statement.

The Trump administration argues the measures are needed to ward off terror attacks in the country, but critics say the ban is discriminatory and violates the USA constitution by specifically targeting Muslim-majority countries.

On Monday, the judges cited Trump's tweets in their ruling.

The 4th Circuit had ruled that the ban, which replaced an earlier January 27 one also blocked by the courts, "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination" aimed at Muslims.

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