Arguments over President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration have concluded in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The final minutes of the hearing were devoted to whether the travel ban was intended to discriminate against Muslims. (Feb. 7)
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear challenge to Trump’s travel ban Tuesday
9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear challenge to Trump’s ban Tuesday
President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and travel went into effect January 27The issue in front of the court at the moment is whether the ban will remain suspended for now
(CNN)Three federal judges Tuesday evening will hear oral arguments in the challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
The hour-long hearing, conducted by telephone among three West coast judges at 6 p.m. ET, will determine the immediate fate of the nationwide temporary restraining order against Trump’s trav
Trump has only been in office for 17 days, but his Justice Department is already embroiled in a high-stakes legal battle that could affect hundreds of thousands of people and the direction of his presidency.
Attorneys general for Washington and Minnesota, which challenged the executive order, say that the temporary restraining order should remain in place because the President had “unleashed chaos” by signing the order.
Trump, who rode a wave of populist anger into the White House, now has to wait for the Ninth Circuit panel. The San Francisco-based court has a reputation as one of the most liberal in the nation to the point where some Republican lawmakers have even pushed to split it up in an effort to limit its impact. And no matter what its ruling here, the next stop will likely be the US Supreme Court.
Vice President Mike Pence believes that any fair-minded person will understand that the sole purpose of President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” executive order is to keep the American people safe.
“What President Trump has done is essentially impose a pause on countries that have been compromised by terrorism, so that we can evaluate the screening process and establish an extreme vetting, so that people coming in to this country don’t represent a threat to our families and our communities,” Pence said to Sean Hannity at the White House today.
The order imposes a 120-day suspension of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and a 90-day halt on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries, including Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Pence stressed that it’s not a “Muslim ban” and it’s not in any way associated with religion, noting that the Obama administration and Congress identified the same seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – as compromised by terror.
“This list is really garnered around whether the countries that we’re looking at have the internal systems that we can be certain people are who they say they are,” Pence said. “We need to step back to make sure that we have the additional safeguards.”
“President Trump has a lot of priorities, but his number one priority is the safety and security of the American people, and that’s why this decisive action took place.”
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