Trump loses court case, allowing block on ban
President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office have caused uproar in the US, after he passed an executive order on January 27, banning seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were refused to enter the country at border patrol.
After the order was signed there was confusion, protests, and several lawsuits against the order. But it was Judge James Robart in Seattle lawsuit that has blocked the ban.
Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, Judge William C. Canby Jr, an appointee of former President Jimmy Carter, and Judge Richard R. Clifton, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, the three judges appointed to listen to the case.
The judges heard oral arguments from both sides on Tuesday evening and the ruling was issues on Thursday.
“This decision will have a lot more public credibility because it is unanimous, and I think it complicates the Trump administration’s attempt, if they choose to make it, to disparage this decision as a political act,” said Jeffrey Toobin an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker.
The unanimous ruling allows people with visas and refugees who were also affected by the ban may continue to enter the U.S. The appeals court said that the government provided not proof of terror threats to justify the ban.
However, this ruling will not affect executive order of having only 50,000 refugees from being admitted in the year, which is less than half the amount under Obamas order. The judges said, “On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies. And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”
At the moment, it is unclear if Trump will be taking action with the Supreme court, however Trump tweeted, “SEE YOU IN COURT THE SECURTIY OF OUT NATION IS AT SAKE!”
The order that was passed only blocked people coming into the U.S. and refugees, but also students that were coming to the U.S to study, or coming home from holiday. Causing confusion amongst these students who believe the law would protect them. Making Muslim students feel rejected by our country.