Trumps Travel Ban - Blocked Again
by Hardeep Chawla
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the most liberal circuit in our country, unsurprisingly ruled Monday against President Trump’s travel ban. The so-called “travel ban” suspends travel from six predominantly Muslim countries including: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In addition, the travel ban would also suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
The decision concluded that “the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”
Furthermore, the judges decision claims that President Trump “violated U.S. immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality” and also, that the travel ban fails to show how these immigrants would hurt American interests.
Obviously, the Justice Department disagrees with the decision and feels that the order was “well within [Trump’s] lawful authority to keep the Nation safe.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions insisted the new decision would harm national security — an argument the judges rejected.
“The executive branch is entrusted with the responsibility to keep the country safe under Article II of the Constitution,” Sessions said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, this injunction prevents the president from fully carrying out his Article II duties and has a chilling effect on security operations overall.
Word on the street is that the administration will seek further review at the U.S. Supreme Court.