Trump Administration Will Appeal Rulings That Blocked Revised Travel Ban 'Soon'

Andrew Cummings
March 17, 2017

He said he'll take case "as far as it needs to go" including to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump acknowledges applause as he leaves the stage after speaking at a rally Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

Refugees were blocked from entering the country for 120 days in both orders, but an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria was dropped in the new one. "The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable", the judge wrote in his 43-page order. "The record before this court is unique". Nor is there anything "secret" about the Executive's motive specific to the issuance of the Executive Order.

While the Hawaii ruling temporarily blocks the travel ban, a temporary ban on refugees and a cap on the number of refugees who can enter the country, Chuang's ruling in Maryland applies only to the travel ban.

"This ruling makes us look weak", Trump thundered at a rally in Nashville, Tenn., before vowing that he would "fight this bad far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court".

Trump also accused Judge Watson of ruling "for political reasons" and criticised the San Francisco court of appeals, which upheld the decision against his first order and will hear any appeal to the Hawaii ruling as well. He even made a point that the constitution gives the sitting president the power to suspend immigration when he deems it to be in the best interest of the country.

"Trump's Muslim ban isn't about keeping us safe", he wrote on Twitter.

In the U.S. state of Maryland, the plaintiff, a group of refugee associations, questioned Donald Trump security argument.

The American Civil Liberties Union of MI has joined in the legal challenge - filing suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

In Maryland, refugee resettlement agencies represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center argued in court for a restraining order.

Unlike the previous executive order, the new one removed Iraq from the list of banned countries, exempted those with green cards and visas and removed a provision that arguably prioritizes certain religious minorities.

The ruling also cited former NY mayor and Trump ally Rudolph Giuliani, who after the first executive order told a TV network that when Mr Trump first announced it, he called it a "Muslim ban".

"Lawyers across the country have already made it clear that they will continue to fight this in court".

The new ban was announced earlier this month and was set to take effect Thursday.

DAVID MUIR: Also, there's new fallout this evening after President Trump now faces his second defeat on his proposed travel ban.

Decisions were expected later Wednesday from federal courts in Washington state and Maryland.

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