Trump travel ban loses again in court

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.

"Immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show", the Ninth Circuit court wrote in its ruling.

Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had upheld a separate freeze on Trump's ban on constitutional grounds, that freeze did not apply to the portion of Trump's order dealing with refugees.

On Monday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction secured against the immigration ban in March in a federal district court in Hawaii.

The ruling on Monday from the three-judge - Judges Michael Daly Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez - panel is yet another stinging loss from a court that similarly refused to reinstate Trump's original executive order on travel in February, reports CNN.

Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, right, speaks during a news conference as Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, listens after a USA appeals court decision on President Donald Trump's revised. The state of Hawaii, which has challenged the ban, has suggested a shorter briefing schedule.

It is pushing for justices to hear its appeal on the court ruling before they break for the summer.

Mr. Conway pointed to a Washington Post analysis noting the extent to which the legal opinions in travel ban cases to that point had focused on the president's statements and tweets to reach their conclusions.

"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.

"We do not anticipate any change to the current status of refugee admissions processing as a result of the 9th Circuit ruling", a State Department spokesperson told VOA Monday.

The ACLU filing said the 4th Circuit, and other courts that have halted the executive order, had little choice.

On Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the decision. The administration has appealed that ruling to the supreme court.

The judges said the government had failed to prove "any link between an individual's nationality and their propensity to commit terrorism", and cited a June 5 tweet by Trump to back their argument.

Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked Trump's 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

A United States federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on March 30 a court order blocking Trump's new travel ban.

A revised executive order announced in March - meant to address the issues raised by the federal judges - deleted Iraq from the list and removed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

In January, Trump had issued his initial travel ban, bringing chaos and protests to airports around the country.

  • Zachary Reyes