The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia has upheld the injunction against Trump’s executive order that was supposed to restrict travel and immigration from seven Muslim countries.
This means that Trump and his administration cannot enforce the travel ban that would effect Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan.
The 10-3 majority gave a 67-page opinion on why they decided to uphold the injunction.
“We remain unconvinced [the ban] has more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the President’s promised Muslim ban,” the court said.
Chief judge of the circuit, Roger L. Gregory,wrote:
“Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.”
Judge Paul Niemeyer and Judge Dennis Shedd were two of the members that supported the travel ban.
Shedd wrote in his dissent:
“Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.”
Why didn’t more judges listen to this guy?! Did they not see what happened overseas?
Trump has issued two travel bans since becoming president. They both have been blocked.
Another federal appeals court is considering a similar appeal of a Hawaii-based judge’s ruling blocking the visa ban. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in that case May 15.
Both cases are likely headed to the U.S. Supreme court, according to legal experts.
The Maryland case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of organizations as well as people who live in the U.S. and fear the executive order will prevent them from being reunited with family members from the banned countries.
“President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the Constitution, as this decision strongly reaffirms,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, who argued the case. “The Constitution’s prohibition on actions disfavoring or condemning any religion is a fundamental protection for all of us, and we can all be glad that the court today rejected the government’s request to set that principle aside.”
So onto the Supreme Court it goes. Do you think the ban will be reinstated? It’s hard to tell at this point. If it isn’t, we are looking at some potential hardships in the near future. Hardships that will most likely be very deadly.