Trending! Donald Trump loses immigration ban appeal
The battle continued late Saturday when President Donald Trump lost an appeal against a court ruling blocking his travel ban on certain Muslim-dominated countries and all refugees.
US District Judge James Robart in Seattle on Friday had nullified Trump’s week-old executive order, which prompted White House to urgently file an appeal.
Robart ruling has sparked “rush travel” from nationals from countries Trump was targeting in his immigration ban.
Giving its ruling, the 9th US Circuit Appeals in San Francisco directed that the state of Washington and White House early on Sunday to file more arguments by Monday afternoon.
What does this mean?
The higher court’s ruling to deny an immediate stay means legal battles over the ban will continue into the coming week.
Acting solicitor general Noel Francisco forcefully argued in the government’s brief on Saturday night that presidential authority is “largely immune from judicial control” when it comes to deciding who can enter or stay in the United States, Irish Times says.
It was forced to suspend enforcement of the ban, and Mr Trump launched a series of vitriolic attacks on US district judge James Robart by referring to him as “so-called judge” while he calls his judgment “ridiculous.”
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned,” Trump tweeted after Rovart ruling on Friday.
But President Trump isn’t happy about another setback he got from the appeal.
“The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!” Trumps fumes.
The US justice department’s appeal said it is a basic principle that “an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application”.
The US justice department asked that the judge’s order be stayed pending appeal.
The restraining order by Robart is expected to remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson.
“The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic. “No one is above the law – not even the president.
Robart ‘s ruling and stay of order by the appeal means that anyone with a valid visa must be allowed entry into the country by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
For now, Trump’s legal team will have to come up with cogent arguments that will make the executive order effective.
Protesters in the US and other parts of the world have hailed the Court of Appeal, while they mocked President Trump.