Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

The three federal judges ruled unanimously Thursday that the USA government presented no evidence to explain the urgent need for Trump's executive order banning travel from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to take effect immediately.

His comments come a day after a San Francisco-based United States appeals court refused to reinstate his temporary ban on travel by refugees and residents of seven Muslim majority countries, which he claims is to protect national security.

The Trump administration argued that states had no right to sue to block the immigration order, and said courts have no authority to review an executive branch decision on immigration policy.

The White House official separately said: "We are actively considering changes or other executive orders that will keep our country safe from terrorism". The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however - which is located in San Francisco - is the only one that broadcasts actual trials, as well as live audio streams of proceedings on its own website. Enacted by Trump during his first week in office, the ban barred citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the country, and temporarily halted the resettlement of all refugees in the U.S.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled against the Trump administration and upheld a Seattle court ruling that blocked implementation of the ban. Once Robart put the ban on hold, signaling that the states may have a strong case on the merits, the administration quickly appealed.

Fox News reports that the Justice Department is "reviewing the decision and considering its options".

The judges were dubious of the government's argument that presidential orders concerning national security are "unreviewable" by courts. "It's a decision that we'll win, in my opinion, very easily".

"In addition we will continue to go through the court process, and have no doubt we'll win that particular case", he said.

Um, no. Next likely stop for this whole sorry situation: The U.S. Supreme Court.

The government asked the court to restore Trump's order, contending that the president alone has the power to decide who can enter or stay in the United States.

But two USA states said the ban was unconstitutional and discriminated against Muslims.

He could appeal to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile - whenever Trump takes a break from whacking at Nordstrom in whatever dark room his angry tweets emerge from - he has been lambasting the judiciary and accusing it is trying to be "so political".

  • Leroy Wright