US courts reject Trump appeal over Muslim US entry ban

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

A USA appeals court on Monday left in place a block on President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting citizens from six Muslim majority nations - the latest in a string of judicial blows for the controversial measure.

The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals used narrow grounds to reject the Trump administration's bid to undo a Hawaii federal judge's decision blocking the temporary ban.

Judges Michael Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez - all appointed by President Bill Clinton - said the travel ban violated immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality when it comes to issuing visas and by failing to demonstrate that their entry would hurt American interests. We have seen this show before, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has - once again on Monday - ruled against President Trump's Article II national security prerogatives and in favor of an overbroad interpretation of the First Amendment's religious liberty guarantee.

"Indeed, the president recently confirmed his assessment that it is the "countries" that are inherently unsafe, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the president's 'travel ban, '" the judges wrote.

USA president Donald Trump has learned that everything he tweets can and will be used against him in a court of law.

"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. Bottom line: Time for the U.S. Supreme Court to give the President back his constitutional role.

Sessions said that the president's executive order is "well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe".

During his election campaign, Mr Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Courthouse in San Francisco where the appeal was heard.

Both orders also would have put on hold admissions to the US of refugees for 120 days.

Chin says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Monday is everything high school students learn in social studies coming into play the way it should.

Trump's executive order also temporarily puts a halt to America's refugee program and reduces the number of refugees to be admitted this year to 50,000, instead of the 110,000 planned by the Obama administration.

But the judges said the government was allowed to review the vetting process for people entering the United States - something the earlier Hawaii ruling had blocked.

"It provides a very attractive way to leave the injunction in place without setting broader doctrinal rules about which they may have pause", Vladeck said.

"President Trump knows that the country he has been elected to lead is threatened daily by terrorists who believe in a radical ideology, and that there are active plots to infiltrate the U.S. immigration system - just as occurred prior to 9/11", Sessions said in a statement yesterday.

Monday was the deadline for the ban's challengers to respond to the administration's request that the order be allowed to go into effect.

"Thus, by the Government's own account, the need for the travel and refugee bans has passed", they wrote.

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