Federal Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of President Trump’s Travel Ban

By Paul Riegler on 9 February 2017
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Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

CHICAGO—A federal appeals court unanimously upheld a lower court’s temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s “Foreign Terrorist Entry” travel ban executive order.

“We hold that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay,” the three judges wrote in their decision.

Thursday’s ruling will probably be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by the Trump Administration.

Three judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments earlier in the week from the Justice Department defending the president’s executive order in an appeal over a ruling by Judge James Robart of the Federal District Court, which stayed the executive order that had barred travelers and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The decision came as little surprise as the three judges made their skepticism over the government’s assertions that the ban needed to be reinstated quite clear during the hearing.

Attorneys for the two states that originally filed the suit, Washington and Minnesota, held that Trump’s ban harmed individuals, businesses, and universities and was unconstitutional because it blocked entry to people based on religion, citing Trump’s campaign promise to stop Muslims from entering the country.

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