Trump Administration Vows to Appeal ‘Flawed’ Rulings on Travel Ban

Airtel Nigeria Call services
Social sharing

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has confirmed that the Trump administration plans to appeal rulings from two federal judges blocking the president’s revised travel ban on people from six Muslim majority countries.

During Thursday’s daily briefing with White House reporters, Spicer called the rulings “flawed” and confirmed that the White House plans to appeal. President Trump has vowed to take the matter to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

The ban was supposed to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time (0401 UTC) Thursday.

But instead, two U.S. federal courts issued temporary restraining orders against the president’s second attempt at a travel order that would limit who can enter the country.

A judge in Hawaii blocked both the order’s suspension of refugee admissions and its ban on issuing new visas to people from a group of six countries. A federal judge in Maryland also cited Trump’s comments in issuing a separate injunction Thursday, but that ruling applies only to the visa ban portion of the executive order, and not the section on the refugee program.

Judge Derrick Watson found Wednesday that the legal challenge brought by the state of Hawaii was likely to succeed on the merits of an argument that the executive order violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which requires government actions to have a primarily secular purpose.

He pointed to statements made by Trump and his associates both before and after the president was elected in November. Trump’s campaign once included a call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, a policy that was later changed to advocating “extreme vetting” for people from countries with a link to terrorism.

READ ALSO  Trump becomes third U.S president to be impeached

Judge Watson said the case before him included “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the executive order and its related predecessor.”

 

The Trump administration says the ban is necessary to protect the country from the threat of terrorism.It features a four-month ban on admitting any refugees and a three-month freeze on issuing visas to people from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.It was due to go into effect Thursday before its enforcement was frozen.

An earlier version of the order included Iraq in the targeted countries, as well as a clause that exempted religious minorities from the ban.

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin answers questions from the media at the U.S. District Court Ninth Circuit after presenting his arguments after filing an amended lawsuit against President Donald Trump's new travel ban in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 15, 20

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin answers questions from the media at the U.S. District Court Ninth Circuit after presenting his arguments after filing an amended lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s new travel ban in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 15, 20

All of the countries involved are overwhelmingly majority-Muslim.Judge Watson rejected the government’s argument that because the listed countries do not include all the world’s Muslim population, the order is not a ban on Muslims.

“The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.The court declines to relegate its Establishment Clause analysis to a purely mathematical exercise,” Watson wrote.

The Justice Department, which represents the government in the case, said it does not agree with Wednesday’s ruling, calling it “flawed both in reasoning and in scope.”

“The president’s executive order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our nation’s security, and the department will continue to defend this executive order in the courts,” said a DOJ statement.

READ ALSO  NATO: Trump makes Germany uneasy

Trump said the court’s ruling makes the United States look weak, and that he will continue the legal battle.

“The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear,” he told supporters at a rally in Tennessee.”I was elected to change our broken and dangerous system and thinking in government that has weakened and endangered our country and left our people defenseless.”

FILE - People protest President Trump's new travel ban order in Lafayette Park outside the White House, March 6, 2017.

FILE – People protest President Trump’s new travel ban order in Lafayette Park outside the White House, March 6, 2017.

Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney who served as deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation during President Barack Obama’s administration, said the key question in the case going forward is the president’s authority to suspend entry of people he finds would be detrimental to the country.

“I think it was an interesting ruling in the sense that the court is taking a very bold statement on saying that the actions in the administration have basically irrevocably tainted any effort to move forward with this travel executive order,” Fresco told VOA via Skype.

“I do think that the order is not going to be very persuasive as it moves its way up to the 9th Circuit or to the Supreme Court for the reason that it did not even engage in any analysis whatsoever regarding Section 212 (f), which is that actual statute that the president cited for giving him the authority to create the executive order in the first place.”

READ ALSO  Trump lambasted for Clinton jail threat

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last month upheld a similar lower court ruling to prevent the government from enforcing Trump’s original executive order.Hawaii is part of the same circuit, so if the Justice Department does appeal, the issue will again land there.

Fresco said he thinks the president’s statutory authority to ban people is “absolutely vital to the country,” and shouldn’t be weakened by what he called “an ill-conceived travel ban with ill-conceived statements.”

“If you think someone is dangerous, just deny their visa.You don’t need a ban,” he said.”And the fact that they created these waivers just shows you that they basically are implementing a normal visa system.They’re saying deny it unless there’s some reason to grant it.There’s no reason you couldn’t do that now, just don’t have a categorical ban.”

Civil rights groups, which opposed Trump’s original order as unconstitutional, side with the several states that are challenging the new order, in addition to Hawaii.

“No matter how far President Trump tries to run away from his initial statements that this was a ban on Muslims and discrimination against Muslims, he can’t erase where this order originated – in an effort to discriminate against Muslims on the basis of their religion,” said Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, on a call with reporters Tuesday.

VOA

About 9News Nigeria 6802 Articles
9News Nigeria, Global Breaking News Platform, News from Nigeria, News from Africa, Nigerian News, African News

Be the first to comment

Leave your comment

UBA Bank
  • Blackface hits 2face again, says, when I was singing “Hard Life” 2face was busy singing, “I dey feel like Obasanjo”

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Dance hall king, Austin Amedu has come hard on his former band mate, 2face Idbia over his stand on the ongoing nationwide protest Read more

  • Out Now: Chima Chill – ‘No Sleeping’ Feat. Everybody loves Josh (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFast – rising talented artiste, Nwachukwu Kelvin Chima a.k.a Chima Chill, who hails from Enugu State and based in Lagos has released his first Read more

  • #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingNollywood celebrity Charles Okafor has joined in the throngs of Nigerian super celebrities who for the interest of the country have joined forces with Read more

  • Popular Singer, Davido Officially Signs LIYA As DMW’s First Lady (Photos)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFollowing months of searching for a lady who could possibly follow the footsteps of Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade or even DJ Cuppy and a Read more

  • 2020 MTV EMA: Burna Boy, Rema Nominated For Best African Act

    Social sharing

    Social sharingMTV announced nominations for the 2020 MTV EMAs, and Nigerian singers Burna Boy and Rema have been nominated for the Best African Act. BET Read more