A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled against President Donald Trump and that means the freeze will continue on the ban that blocked immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries. Immigrants from those countries can continue to enter the United States.
The three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the government’s claim that the ban against immigrants from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen and Libya was necessary for national security.
The attorney generals of Washington State and Minnesota, who brought the lawsuit to halt the ban, argued that it hurt the teaching missions of their states. They said it barred students and faculty from traveling freely and stranded some who were out of the country at the time of Trump’s executive order.
127 tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook joined the lawsuit against the government and filed a legal brief that claims the government ban “inflicts significant harm on American business.”
The judges didn’t say specifically that they saw Trump’s order as a Muslim ban. But they did write in their opinion, “. . . the Government has taken the position that the President’s decisions about immigration policy, particularly when motivated by national security concerns, are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections . . . There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”
President Trump responded on Twitter in all caps.
Government lawyers apparently plan to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s not clear when or if the court will hear the case.
If you are an immigrant concerned about your future, a number of organizations have dedicated themselves to helping.
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