Trump’s edict on last legs

The Weekend Post - - World -

AN Amer­i­can court has unan­i­mously re­fused to re­in­state Don­ald Trump’s ban on refugees and na­tion­als from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries, deal­ing the new pres­i­dent and his con­tro­ver­sial law-and-or­der agenda a ma­jor de­feat.

The rul­ing from the Fed­eral Ap­peals Court in San Fran­cisco capped a tur­bu­lent first three weeks of his pres­i­dency.

A de­fi­ant Mr Trump quickly pledged to bat­tle on, tweet­ing within min­utes of the de­ci­sion: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SE­CU­RITY OF OUR NA­TION IS AT STAKE!”

The three-judge panel main­tained the sus­pen­sion or­dered by a fed­eral judge in Seat­tle.

“We hold that the gov­ern­ment has not shown a like­li­hood of suc­cess on the mer­its of its ap­peal, nor has it shown that fail­ure to en­ter a stay would cause ir­repara­ble in­jury,” the judges ruled.

Crit­ics say the mea­sure tar­geted Mus­lims in vi­o­la­tion of US law. Now, the case could end up in the Supreme Court.

The court in San Fran­cisco said as­pects of the pub­lic in­ter­est favoured both sides, high- light­ing the “mas­sive at­ten­tion” the case had drawn.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion has 14 days to file a pe­ti­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion, ei­ther by the same panel or “en banc” – mean­ing by ev­ery judge on the court.

An­other op­tion would be to ask the Supreme Court to re­view the case, al­though some an­a­lysts have ar­gued that this path poses the pos­si­bil­ity of an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat, given the una­nim­ity of the San Fran­cisco panel, which in­cluded a Repub­li­can-ap­pointed judge.

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