As expected, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on entry into the country from seven Middle-Eastern nations rife with Islamic terrorism.
ABC News has the details:
“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,” the panel, from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote in the decision Thursday.
The three-judge panel heard arguments from a lawyer representing the state of Washington Tuesday who argued that the executive order — which temporarily halted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa and temporarily shut down the refugee program — discriminated on the basis of religion among other claims.
Department of Justice lawyers claimed that the order was made on national security grounds and that Washington District Court Judge James Robart’s issuance of a temporary restraining order pausing the ban nationwide was “overbroad.”
As I said earlier, this is ultimately nowhere near as significant as the press will hype it into, considering the radical Ninth Circuit’s history of getting rebuked by the Supreme Court.
The Trump Administration is certain to appeal the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary — and now that Jeff Sessions is running the Justice Department, presumably the travel ban will get a more vigorous and prepared legal defense than the lackluster one provided to argue before the Ninth Circuit.
Stay tuned…TFPP will be covering this critical fight every step of the way.