Trump 'predicted' travel ban setback in court

Claudine Rigal
Juin 16, 2017

Orrick is a lower-court judge whose rulings would be reviewed by the 9th Circuit.

The ruling said the president has violated US immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationalities and by failing to demonstrate that their entry into the country would hurt American interests.

By suspending entry of more than 180 million nationals and the admission of refugees, Trump exceeded the authority granted to him by Congress, the court said.

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

"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 and committing acts of bloodshed and violence", Spicer told a briefing.

"In short, the order does not provide a rationale explaining why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries under current protocols would be detrimental to the interests of the United States", the ruling said.

Earlier, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said the initial executive order as well as its revision are troubling, particularly because of the consequences of keeping out refugees seeking to escape unsafe situations.

In response, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that they are reviewing the court's opinion.

Most Supreme Court practitioners and experts said they would be surprised if the court turned down a petition from the government on a matter of national security - though the justices might feel less pressure to come to a decision on the merits of the executive order before the end of June. And now, the fight is on the Supreme Court's doorstep.

"Upholding the injunction will allow us to continue welcoming and serving refugees fleeing persecution", Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement June 13.

The 9th Circuit narrowed the injunction a bit to allow for internal studies of security measures. The Ninth Circuit found, in those facts, yet another indication that the President's order was detached from the requirements of law. It was not immediately clear what "S.C." refers to in his tweet.

On Twitter last week, Trump said the "courts are slow and political" and he said the government already is "EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S". Because issues and optics are easy; policy, well, that's hard.

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

But what this latest turn of events underscores is that the executive order is just an appetizer for the "extreme vetting" Mr. Trump has promised, and the president's latest tweets on the matter show that he is just as determined as ever to keep Muslims out.

Lawyers for Hawaii called the order a "thinly veiled Muslim ban".

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