Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Still Being Blocked By US Courts, And He’s Not Happy

After introducing a travel ban, which many have tagged a “Muslim ban” due to the targeted nature of imposed restrictions, newly inaugurated President Donald Trump has faced significant backlash. Signed on January 27, his executive order denies entry to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – for 90 days. The ban also temporarily suspends the US refugee system, and affects people with dual citizenship.

The sweeping implications of the ban have enraged many, both in the US and across the world, for what is being seen as an arbitrary xenophobic order masquerading as a security measure. A federal judge in Seattle, Washington reacted to this by placing a temporary stay on all travel restrictions – effectively halting the ban. The Department of Homeland Security was then required to immediately stop enforcing the travel ban, and Donald Trump took to Twitter express his frustrations.

As Trump hinted in the above tweet, his administration fought back by filing to have the ban reinstated. In an argument put forward by Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the government argued that Trump’s decision-making power when it comes to travel restrictions is “largely immune from judicial control”.

However, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco disagreed and asked both the State of Washington and Trump’s government to submit further arguments, which means that the temporary ban is still in place. Once again, Trump chose to vent on social media.

He briefly paused his Twitter tirade to promote an upcoming appearance on television, before resuming his emphasis on “bad people” being allowed into the country.

For now, though the case is far from over, opponents of Trump’s travel ban will welcome the news that several forces within the US judiciary are on their side. The White House’s next step remains to be seen.

H/T: The Independent

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