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Appeals Court To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Travel Ban

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Appeals Court To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Travel Ban

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SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial act since taking office last month.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge James Robart suspended Trump’s ban, opening a window for people from the seven affected countries to enter the country.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments over whether to restore the ban from Justice Department lawyers and opposing attorneys for the states of Minnesota and Washington at 3 p.m. PST.

In a tweet on Monday night, Trump said: “The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is very real, just look at what is happening in Europe and the Middle-East. Courts must act fast!”

Trump has said the travel measures are designed to protect the country against the threat of terrorism. He has derided Robart, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, as a “so-called judge.”

In a brief filed on Monday, the Justice Department said the suspension of Trump’s order was too broad and “at most” should be limited to people who were already granted entry to the country and were temporarily abroad, or to those who want to leave and return to the United States.

Opponents say the 90-day ban barring entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen and imposing a 120-day halt to all refugees, is illegal. The state of Washington argues it has suffered harm, saying some students and faculty at state universities had been stranded overseas because of the ban.

The Republican president’s Jan. 27 executive order sparked protests and chaos at U.S. and overseas airports in the weekend that followed.

All the people who had carried out fatal attacks inspired by Islamist militancy in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had been U.S. citizens or legal residents, the New America think tank said. None came to the United States or were from a family that emigrated from one of the countries listed in the travel ban, it said.


Trump faces an uphill battle in the liberal-leaning San Francisco court. Two members of three-judge panel that will hear the arguments were appointed by former Democratic Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and one was appointed by Bush.

Appeals courts are generally leery of upending the status quo, which in this case is the lower court’s suspension of the ban.

Opponents of the ban received far more filings in support of their position than the Department of Justice. Washington state’s challenge was backed by about a dozen friends-of-the- court briefs submitted by at least 17 state attorneys general, more than 100 companies, and about a dozen labor and civil rights groups. About a dozen conservative groups supported the government in three such briefs.

The appeals court was focusing on the narrow question of whether the district court had grounds to put the order on hold. The bigger legal fight over whether Trump had authority to issue the order will be addressed later in the litigation.

(Additional reporting by Peter Henderson in San Francisco)

IMAGE: Najmia Abdishakur (R), a Somali national who was delayed entry to the U.S. because of the recent travel ban, is greeted by her mother Zahra Warsma (L) at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. February 6, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst



  1. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 7, 2017

    this DONNY DUMP is mentally unstable BIG TIME !! all this bull is to feed his addiction of being an attention junky . the courts should (if thy should even hear this at all ) take this on facts alone and rule on this for just what and how the DUMPSTER set and plans it . its a block on a faith one faith anything else that the judges look on to this will be just falling into the DONNY DUMP lies . (which he tells more of them then any truth ) as DONNY DUMP see it there is so much more attention in lies then any truth and his addiction to attention he needs this as his fix . the high courts has to take every thing that the DUMPSTER been saying for the start of his election and the words that have been said framing it just the way he wants and means it a block of a faith and that’s it .and that is against the constitution . if some one is caught on a tape saying that thy killed some one and then after say no thy didn’t . the courts wouldn’t be so stupid to saying ok now we believe you didn’t kill some one . its more like admitting a confession . all these gang of cowards in office (mostly GOP gang of pinhead idiots yes others also ) are scared of the DONNY DUMP CLOWN fear not the clown behind the wall the thing you should fear the most is the more you let the DERANGED CLOWN getting away with his BULL he is a DUMPSTER full of it always has been and always will be the more scary thing is all should fear is the longer this deranged clown is in the house . NOT THAT THE BIG TIME SCARY PART ABOUT IT ALL

  2. Dan S February 7, 2017

    Watch out when Trump doesn’t get the Court to agree with him he’s going to shake shake shake his baby rattle at them ????

    1. idamag February 7, 2017

      He will probably fire them.

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 7, 2017

    Donald’s software program needs debugging and re-coding. He’s grows more frenetic by the day. Imminent systems failure any week now. Spicer and Kellyanne need reprogramming as well, although it may be best to leave them all as they are—the comedy relief is a welcome change of pace from the deluge of insensitivity from Congress,

    1. I Am Helpy February 8, 2017

      How did they not learn from the failure of the Romneybot?

  4. idamag February 7, 2017

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