Donald Trump Loses Court Battle, Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate President's Travel Ban
A federal appeals court on Thursday has refused to reinstate Donald Trump's refugee and travel ban, infuriating the US President who has promised to bring the decision to the US Supreme Court. The travel ban that affects people from seven predominantly Muslim nations was temporarily paused by a district court in Seattle.
Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco backed the lower court's temporary restraining order suspending the executive order. The decision on Thursday is the latest legal blow to one of President Trump's biggest campaign promises, The Independent reported.
The unanimous decision, from the three-judge panel reads: "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."
Trump signed the executive order during his first days in the oval, sparking confusion and causing protests at airports worldwide. The restrictions prevented citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States and temporarily banning all refugees from resettling in the country.
Within minutes, President Trump tweeted his response in all-caps promising to challenge the decision in court. He will bring the decision to the US Supreme Court.
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 09. фебруар 2017.
In their decision, the panel also ruled that Donald Trump's talk of a "Muslim ban" on the campaign trail could be used as proof of discrimination. According to NBC News, The States argued that the Executive Order contravenes the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims.
Hillary Clinton, simply tweeted "3-0" referencing the Ninth Circuit's unanimous decision. Besides her, groups of people who strongly opposed the President's travel restrictions from the very beginning also applauded the federal court on Thursday.
Omar Jadwat, the director of the ACLU's Immigrant Rights Project, agreed with the Federal Appeals Court decision. However, Nihad Awad, executive director (and co-founder) of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, reminded supporters that they just won one battle but not the whole war against the Donald Trump administration.