BREAKING: Appeals Court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

News agencies are reporting the great news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled against the Trump administration in its effort to reinstate the travel ban struck down by a District Court in Seattle. This is from Associated Press and WRAL.com:

“A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration’s immigration policy.

In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.

The court rejected the administration’s claim that it did not have the authority to review the president’s executive order.

‘There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy,’ the court said.”

You can read the ruling by clicking here.

Immigrant advocates are hailing the ruling. This is from the good folks at the National Immigration Law Center:

“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today acted, as the courts are supposed to, as a necessary check to the blatant Constitutional overreach emblazoned by President Trump’s unlawful and un-American executive order.

This decision means that, for now, people seeking refuge from horrific conditions will not be turned away, that families separated by this discriminatory policy can reunite.

This is a reminder to everyone: our Constitution protects us all, and no one – not even the President – is above it.

A broad swath of the country, including Washington State, business leaders, and thousands of others who marched in the streets, led the fight to stop President Trump’s shameful actions.

Today’s win is just a step in the larger fight for justice. We cannot stop now.”

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