Appeals Court Declines to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban

By Paul Riegler on 5 February 2017
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Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump Administration’s request early Sunday to reinstate the “Foreign Terrorist Entry” executive order, which had banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from the United States.

The court told both sides to file arguments by Monday. The ruling amounted to a significant setback for the Trump Administration.

The federal government was appealing a ruling by federal Judge James Robart, who issued a temporary restraining order, effective nationwide, effectively suspending the ban in response to a suit filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota. The suit argued that the executive order had amounted to religious discrimination against Muslims and therefore violated the Constitution.

Judge Robart is an appointee of President George W. Bush and is now the senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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