Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals ruled against President Trump’s travel ban. The executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” had called for a ban of entry and travel into the United States of individuals from the seven countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days.
The decision to rule against this executive order was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. The decision was confirmed at a ruling by a federal district judge, James L. Robart, who blocked the travel ban in order to allow thousands of foreigners to enter the country.
Trump’s executive order was challenged by the Court of Appeals as being unconstitutional and violative of federal law. The three-judge panel, while suggesting that the ban did not progress national security, said the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the seven nations had committed terrorist acts in the United States. The ruling also rejected President Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessments.
“Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy,” the Appeals Court said. “It is beyond question that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action.”
After the outcome of the executive order being ruled over, President Trump declared to fight against it. He wrote on his Twitter “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The travel ban, the most controversial action that President Trump has taken since being sworn into the White House, has sparked protests and chaos at U.S. and overseas airports, and has provoked a series of legal challenges as well.
The legal drama regarding the executive order foreshadows what could be a series of legal disputes between the Trump Administration’s governing style and the American political system. Thus the court battle is far from over. The lower court still has to debate the merits of the executive order, and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is being predicted.