Chal­lenges to Trump’s travel ban abound in courts in US

Ad­min­is­tra­tion mov­ing on mul­ti­ple le­gal fronts

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A US ap­peal court’s re­fusal to re­in­state a tem­po­rary travel ban on refugees and cit­i­zens from seven mainly Mus­lim coun­tries is a set­back for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sweep­ing im­mi­gra­tion agenda, but the gov­ern­ment is press­ing ahead on mul­ti­ple le­gal fronts.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to de­fend the ex­ec­u­tive or­der – both in the Wash­ing­ton case that pro­duced Thurs­day’s rul­ing and pos­si­bly at the Supreme Court – and in more than a dozen ad­di­tional law­suits now mov­ing through the US court sys­tem.

“SEE YOU IN COURT,” Trump said in a Twit­ter post on Thurs­day after the rul­ing by a three-judge panel of the 9th US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in San Fran­cisco, which up­held a lower court’s sus­pen­sion of his ban.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, who has re­peat­edly ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the week-old court-man­dated sus­pen­sion, tweeted on Fri­day that the de­ci­sion was “disgraceful.”

Thurs­day’s court de­ci­sion re­lated only to whether to main­tain the de­ci­sion by US Dis­trict Judge James Ro­bart in Seat­tle to sus­pend the or­der, and did not re­solve the law­suit against the ban brought by the states of Wash­ing­ton and Min­nesota.

Those states have ar­gued the ban vi­o­lated con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions against re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The gov­ern­ment has 14 days to ask the 9th Cir­cuit to have a larger panel of judges re­view the de­ci­sion “en banc,” or to ap­peal di­rectly to the US Supreme Court, which will likely de­ter­mine the case’s fi­nal out­come.

The travel ban, the most con­tentious ac­tion Trump has taken since he was sworn in on Jan­uary 20, sparked protests and chaos at US and over­seas air­ports on the week­end after it was is­sued, as well as le­gal chal­lenges.

The num­ber of pend­ing cases in­creases the like­li­hood that the Supreme Court will ul­ti­mately have to de­cide the fate of the pol­icy.

On Fri­day, a fed­eral court in Virginia was to hold a hear­ing on a re­quest for a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion on as­pects of the ban in a case brought by the state of Virginia on be­half of law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dents de­tained at Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port or de­nied en­try after the ban went into ef­fect.

Some of the cases were filed on be­half of trav­el­ers from the coun­tries af­fected by the ban who were de­tained at US air­ports.

Oth­ers have been filed by states, civil lib­er­ties groups and refugee re­set­tle­ment agen­cies with com­pa­nies and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions join­ing in with sup­port­ing briefs.

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