Krauthammer: 'No Slam Dunk' That SCOTUS Will Reinstate Travel Ban

Alicia WestFeb 11, 2017

A USA federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump's order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The White House insists the decree is in the interest of national security, giving the new administration time to beef up vetting procedures to keep potential terrorists out of the country. The decision is likely to be appealed in the US Supreme Court. The state argues that the central provisions of Trump's executive order - barring citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days and temporarily cutting off refugee admissions - are unconstitutional. Immigration officials across the country detained for several hours many travelers with valid visas.

The decision by the Ninth Circuit panel, comprised of judges who were appointed by Republicans and Democrats, was unanimous.

A three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower court's ruling that initially halted the ban. Tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter supported those suits, saying the ban would cause "substantial harm on United States companies", as well as affect their global recruiting and disrupt their businesses.

The court said at the end of the hearing that it would give a ruling as soon as possible within the week. Of course, there was no stopping the social media users thereafter. "And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination".


However, the appeals court justices expressed doubt that Mr Trump's government would be successful if it launched another appeal.

The panel of federal judges should immediately reinstate the executive order for the sake of national security, the president urged Wednesday.

They cited the president's campaign promise of stopping Muslims from entering the United States. He repeated that statement verbatim to a cheering crowd later that evening.

In its ruling, the court said the U.S. government had not offered any evidence of national security concerns that justified banning seven countries. But it did not shy away from the larger constitutional questions raised by the order.

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