Donald Trump's Travel Ban Is Denied by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended President Donald Trump's executive order that imposes a travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, and said the visa ban was about national security and not a step against any religion.

"Together with my brother bishops, we believe it is possible to simultaneously provide for the security of our country and have a humane refugee policy that upholds our national heritage and moral responsibility". But immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show.

Having so far failed to persuade judges to allow its travel ban to take effect, the Trump administration is turning to the nation's highest court with its slim conservative majority.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs his executive order on travel on January 27. The courts, however, seem to be undivided in their stance on the travel ban as yet again, an appeal made by the administration was trashed by the federal court of appeals.

State Attorney General Douglas Chin on Monday discussed the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson's injunction blocking implementation of the Trump Administration's travel ban.

Today's unanimous ruling noted, "The President's authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints", but that Trump's revised executive order "exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress".

"The President is committed to protecting the American people and our national security, and we are proud to support his mission to put America first by defending his right to keep us safe", Sessions said, adding, "This is the reason why the Department of Justice will continue to seek further review by the Supreme Court". However, they did not state whether religious discrimination had also been a basis for the ruling. "I think we can all attest that these are very unsafe times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the United States". Press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed the ruling, and said the White House remained confident it would be vindicated by the Supreme Court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia also ruled against the travel ban May 25.

  • Leroy Wright