Federal appeals court upholds Trump travel ban moratorium

A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the White House Thursday afternoon when a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling halting President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry of immigrants or refugee seekers to the U.S.

In a unanimous decision, the court found the Justice Department had not offered sufficient evidence on national security grounds to restore the moratorium suspended by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on Friday, Feb. 3.

Similarly, the court rejected a White House claim of presidential authority and stated the administration’s legal case faced nearly insurmountable obstacles should DOJ choose to purse the matter further.

In their decision, the panel wrote:

“Despite the district court’s and our own repeated invitations to explain the urgent need for the Executive Order to be placed immediately into effect, the Government submitted no evidence to rebut the States’ argument that the district court’s order merely returned the nation temporarily to the position it has occupied for many previous years.”

Following the court’s ruling, Trump expressed his frustration via Twitter, announcing neither he nor his supporters would shrink from the court’s ruling.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded by pointing out that, “We have seen him in court twice, and we’re two for two.”

The Justice Department and White House lawyers are said to be reviewing all legal options now; however, speculation persists the administration is determined to carry on its legal case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

 

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