A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has again ruled against #President Trump’s executive order banning citizens from six Muslim Nations traveling to the #United States.
The judges in the ninth U.S. circuit court of appeals said he has violated immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality.
Rather than focusing on Trump campaign statements as the Virginia-based court did, the 9th Circuit said the language in the executive order itself did not make a rational case for why a travel ban was needed.
The courts argue the ban is unconstitutional because it shows an anti-Muslim bias. The first, issued on January 27, led to chaos and protests at airports and in various cities before being blocked by the courts. The 9th Circuit is the latest to reject it.
According to the court, one of Trump’s tweets from June 5th “confirmed” the president’s apparent belief “that it is the “countries” that are inherently unsafe, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries“.
Hawaii’s lawyers said Trump had provided evidence that his administration already was doing the work that it said required a halt in travel to accomplish.
It also called for a 120-day ban on all refugees.
In their ruling, the judges said that “immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show”.
The administration has appealed another ruling against the ban to the Supreme Court, which is likely to consider the cases in tandem.
The 9th Circuit sided with the state of Hawaii in deciding that the ban should stay on hold as the cases against it move through the courts.
Several states and civil rights groups challenged the revised ban, saying it remained rooted in discrimination and exceeded the president’s authority.
He continued a series of attacks against judges who have ruled against him, tweeting that “courts are slow and political!“.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on State of Hawaii, et al. v. Trump today (June 12).
Both U.S. appeals courts were skeptical of the federal government’s argument that the executive order was well within the president’s authority.
“We continue to be confident that the president’s executive order to protect this country is fully lawful and ultimately will be upheld by the Supreme Court“, he said.
Today’s ruling is the latest in a string of judicial blows to Trump’s efforts to prohibit the entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the U.S. government reviews their screening procedures. It’s Trump’s second attempt to impose such a policy; it has been blocked by lawsuits and never gone into effect.
The new ruling vacated part of the lower court’s ruling allowing the government to conduct internal reviews.