Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson'

by Wade Massey February 11, 2017, 0:25
Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson'

In a major setback for the Trump administration, a federal appeals court on Thursday declined its urgent request to restore the controversial executive order restricting refugees and travel by immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority countries.

The executive order directed federal agencies to issue a 90-day suspension of entry into the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Department of Justice has filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a legal challenge to President Trump's executive order on immigration.

The hearing is over whether the appeals court should issue a stay of - or, put on hold - US District Judge James Robart's February 3 temporary restraining order (TRO).

"While other presidents have publicly disagreed with court decisions, none before Trump has gone after individual judges with personal invective".

Both sides have attracted support from some groups and entities, including a number of US technology companies such as Apple, Google and other top names fighting Trump's ban.

Federal government lawyers say the ruling by the judge, James Robart, was overly broad and should be overruled. On the other hand, the court also acknowledged the issue of national security and the free flow of travel but that the USA government hs failed to provide any evidence of national security concerns to support their claim of banning the seven countries. The ruling against the Trump's administration's appeal honed in on "the narrow question of whether it should be blocked while courts consider its lawfulness".

A three-judge panel assembled to handle the issue - including judges William C. Canby Jr., Michelle T. Friedland, and Richard R. Clifton - heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday.

"I don't ever want to call a court biased", he said.

The ban sparked unrest across the country and protests at airports and in cities since being unveiled January 27.

The Republican president, now in his third week in office, said even "a bad high school student" would think he was right about his reading of the law which he read out loud with comments interspersed.


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