US Travel Ban Stopped in Court
by Steven Blake Harrison
The US Court of Appeals has followed suit with lower-court ruling against recent travel-ban executive order.
President Trump recently ordered to bar entry from seven primarily Muslim countries, citing the “numerous foreign-born individuals [who] have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001” (Section 1) as reasoning for the ban, additionally mentioning that American-born citizens have not committed any crimes since the alleged murder case of OJ Simpson v. the People in 1994 (verdict still TBD).
The court ruled unanimously against the executive order, saying, “The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”
President Trump then responded to the ruling on Twitter, saying, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Due to the lack of mentioning which court specifically, Congressmen bought out tickets to this Friday’s Wizards v. 76ers basketball game, hoping President Trump intends to show legislators a good time.
According to BBC, Trump’s lawyers spent most in-court time arguing for the president’s executive authority instead of defending the Order’s reasoning.
As of now, travelers from the banned countries are allowed entry, regardless of their visas’ origins. However, the fate of the order is still undecided due to President Trump’s vocalized interest in appealing the ruling further and/or potentially pushing for a revamped executive order which would call for the same travel ban.
BBC article on court rejection: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38927175
Executive order from whitehouse.gov: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states