The three judge panel of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to lift the stay of Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of Muslims from seven mostly Muslim countries.
The Trump Administration’s controversial executive order to limit travel from seven Muslim majority countries suffered a major setback on Thursday after a panel of three judges upheld a temporary restraining order issued last Friday to prevent the enforcement of the travel ban.
In its ruling, the three judges on the ninth circuit court of appeals upheld the temporary restraining order, which was issued by Judge James Robart, a federal district court judge in Washington state, and has blocked the enforcement of many key parts of the executive order.
Thursday’s ruling does not end all litigation over the executive order, which sparked international outcry when it was first issued. Instead, it simply means that its provisions – which include a 90-day travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, a 120-day freeze on admission of any refugees into the United States, as well as indefinite halt to admitting any refugees from Syria – can be enforced again as the legal battle moves forward. There are roughly 20 lawsuits against the travel ban currently making their way through courts in various states.
This is likely to be appealed by the administration to the Supreme Court that is currently short a justice. It would take 5 justices to overturn the 9th Circuit.
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SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
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