Catholic bishops welcome latest setback for Trump's travel ban

16 June 2017, 04:01 | Noah Barnes

Another US appeals court keeps US President Donald Trump's travel ban blocked

US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was served another defeat as a second appeals court blocked his executive

Supreme Court considers the fate of the executive order.

The ruling affirmed most of a March decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. The court is now considering an emergency request from the administration seeking to put its travel ban into effect while litigation continues.

The 9 Circuit court ruling stated that the administration did not show that blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen was necessary to protect this country.

In response, the DOJ on June 1 filed a petition for review of that Fourth Circuit decision in the Supreme Court, and-although no opinion had yet been issued-on a pending appeal in the Ninth Circuit in Donald Trump et al v.

But if the conservative majority on the Supreme Court is inclined to stay within the "four corners" of the executive order's text and not broadly consider the motivation behind it, the 9th Circuit shows it still can not be upheld.

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"The President is committed to protecting the American people and our national security, and we are proud to support his mission to put America first by defending his right to keep us safe", Sessions said, adding, "This is the reason why the Department of Justice will continue to seek further review by the Supreme Court".

Immigration activists, including members of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, rally against the Trump administration's new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. Will we then be looking for version three of the travel ban? The nonprofit group also has challenged other restrictions on campaigns, including state rules seeking to outlaw false statements by candidates.

Trump's latest tweets made it more awkward for Supreme Court justices who might be sympathetic to the president's case to base a ruling purely within the text of the order - no less than George Conway, husband of White House official Kellyanne Conway, wrote in his own recent string of tweets that they make it harder for the administration's lawyers to get to five votes on the Supreme Court. The new version, created to better withstand legal scrutiny, named six countries instead of seven - dropping Iraq - and spelled out more of a national security rationale.

The Supreme Court is now being asked to lift the stays and accept the case for oral argument.

Given the high court's looming summer recess-the spring term ends on June 26-the schedule is tight for everyone and tensions may run high this month even for the usually cool justices.



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