Fresh court blow for Trump's revised ban

Fresh court blow for Trump's revised ban

The lower court blocked the administration from enforcing the order entirely, on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment's prohibition on government establishment of religion. The court noticed that even the federal officials were skeptical how effectual the first executive order might prove.

This decision from the Ninth Circuit further complicates Trump's position on the travel ban and will likely impact how the Supreme Court handles the issue.

Remember, all of this urgency - the original executive order was signed just seven days after Trump took office - was supposed to halt immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen (Iraq was later dropped) while the administration came up with its plans for "extreme vetting".

They also said that there was no link between nationality and tendency to commit terrorist acts proved by the Government. "In short, the order does not provide a rationale explaining why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries under current protocols would be detrimental to the interests of the United States". That helped show he was not assessing whether the six countries had ties to terrorism, they said. The judges said the president violated US immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality and that Trump failed to show their entry into the country would hurt American interests.

Spicer told reporters that the White House is reviewing the opinion but maintains the order is "fully lawful". "S.C.", Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, June 13.

Katyal nonetheless agreed that more briefing was appropriate to address the merits of the 9th Circuit's ruling.

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Both orders also would have put on hold admissions to the US of refugees for 120 days. Trump described the order, which replaced an earlier January 27 order that also was blocked by courts, as a "watered down, politically correct" version of his original plan. "The courts have once again struck down the Trump administration's attempts to slam the door on refugees and discriminate against Muslims by executive order".

A federal judge in Hawaii also sided with the ban's opponents. The new version was created to better withstand legal scrutiny and spelled out more of a national security rationale. Critics have said the orders amount to an unconstitutional "Muslim ban" that Trump called for during his presidential campaign.

Since becoming the United States president on January 20, Trump has struggled to deliver the campaign promise. Watson also blocked a directive that suspended entry of refugee applicants for 120 days, as well as other instructions for the government to study tougher vetting procedures.

The 9th Circuit has become a focus of the president's ire.

The three-judge bench of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled against the revised ban. He continued a series of attacks against judges who have ruled against him, tweeting that "courts are slow and political!"

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