February 22, 2018

Trump delays effective date of travel ban amid court battle

21 June 2017, 07:09 | Felicia Parsons

The Latest: White House says travel ban is 'fully lawful'

Another US appeals court keeps US President Donald Trump's travel ban blocked

State Attorney General Douglas Chin on Monday discussed the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson's injunction blocking implementation of the Trump Administration's travel ban.

An entry on the Supreme Court docket said that the administration can file its new brief on Thursday. The state of Hawaii, on the other side of that case, asked for fewer additional briefs.

Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall on Tuesday told the justices he wants time to address Monday's ruling from the federal appeals court in San Francisco. "The judges concluded that the president had failed to make a case that the order was actually necessary to protect national security, saying that was no "'talismanic incantation' that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power".

Trump's appointment of conservative Gorsuch has been his most significant win since taking office in January.

Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents
That said, sweeping executive actions, whether by Obama or Trump, are no way to solve America's immigration problems. As of 2012, the DACA program has shielded 750,000 children from deportation.

But the reason for his high court trip Thursday is purely ceremonial, to mark Justice Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the bench.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court to let the temporary ban on visitors from those six countries and refugees from around the world to be put in place.

The ruling given on Monday against the travel ban was yet another block against Trump's efforts to prohibit entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the U.S. government reviews their screening procedures. Both are at stake in the Hawaii case; the Maryland case involves only the 90-day suspension of arrivals from the designated nations. Two federal appeals courts have since upheld those lower court orders. The Fourth Circuit court based the decision on Trump's public record of statements indicating his order was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment rather than national security concerns.

The ruling also states: "A reasonable, objective observer - enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance - would conclude that the executive order was issued with a goal to disfavor a particular religion". The high court seat was vacant for almost 14 months after Senate Republicans refused to take up President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

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