Appeals court rejects demand to resume travel ban for now

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court early Sunday morning denied the U.S. government’s emergency request to resume President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked for both sides to file legal briefs before it makes its final decision after a federal judge halted the program on Friday.

This means the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who suspended the ban, will remain in place for now.

Trump blasted the judge on Twitter.

The Department of Justice appealed the ruling on Saturday.

The strongly worded court filing lodged a multipronged attack on Robart’s decision, emphasizing that halting enforcement of the travel ban “harms the public” and “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment” in the immigration context.

“(Robart’s ruling) contravenes the considered judgment of Congress that the president should have the unreviewable authority to suspend the admission of any class of aliens,” the Justice Department wrote in its filing.

“Courts are particularly ill-equipped to second-guess the president’s prospective judgment about future risks. Unlike the president, courts do not have access to classified information about the threat posed by terrorist organizations operating in particular nations, the efforts of those organizations to infiltrate the United States, or gaps in the vetting process,” the filing said.

The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday it has suspended all actions to implement Trump’s immigration order.

“In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.’ This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order,” DHS acting press secretary Gillian Christensen said in a statement.

She said DHS will resume inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the executive order.

The order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.

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