World News: On Travel Ban US Appeals Court Rules Against Donald Trump
LOS ANGELES : A US court on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate Donald Trump’s ban on refugees.
The San Francisco federal appeals court’s ruling on Trump’s executive order — issued on January 27 with no prior warning and suspended by a lower court a week later — capped a turbulent first three weeks of his presidency.
The Justice Department had asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to restore the measure on an emergency basis, but the three-judge panel instead maintained the suspension ordered by a federal judge in Seattle.
“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,” the judges ruled.
Critics say the measure targeted Muslims in violation of US law.
Now, the case could end up in the Supreme Court.
The San Francisco court said aspects of the public interest favored both sides
“And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedomfrom discrimination.”
While acknowledging that the Seattle judge’s ruling “may havebeen overbroad in some respects”, the panel said it was not their “role to try, in effect, to rewrite the executive order.”
Civil rights campaigners and state officials applauded the decision, vowing to fight on until the executive order is permanently scrapped. For now, it means travelers with valid visas can continue to enter the country.
Human Rights Watch senior researcher Grace Meng called the decision “an important declaration of judicial independence, which is crucial for checking harmful overreach by the president.”
Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton tweeted simply: “3-0.”