The 4th Circuit blocked Trump’s Executive Order 13769, commonly referred to as the “Muslim Ban” or “Travel Ban.”
Trump’s executive order takes steps to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the US per year from 110k to 50k and prevent radicals from known terrorist hotbeds from setting in the U.S.
The Court voted 10-3 to uphold the lower court’s decision to block the temporary moratorium on importing refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The US has already allowed over 40,000 refugees in this fiscal year.
The via the Associated Press:
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries.
Trump’s administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from cutting off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban unveiled in March. Trump’s administration had hoped it would avoid the legal problems that the first version from January encountered. A second appeals court, the 9th U.S. Circuit based in San Francisco, is also weighing the revised travel ban after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked it. Read more…