WASHINGTON, Feb 05 (SABAH): A US federal appeals court on Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Trump’s administration had lodged the request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an appeal against a lower court order temporarily suspending the travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.
For now, the travel ban suspension remains in place. Both the State and Homeland Security Departments said Saturday they were resuming normal practices concerning travelers from the affected countries.
Judge William Canby, Jr. in Phoenix and Judge Michelle Friedland in San Francisco did not give a reason for their denial in a two-paragraph ruling.
However, they told the states of Washington and Minnesota, which had filed the original suit against Trump’s travel ban, to provide documents detailing their opposition to the government’s appeal by 11:59 pm Sunday (0759 GMT Monday).
The Department of Justice was given a deadline of 3 pm Monday to supply more documents supporting its position.
A US appeal court late on Saturday denied an emergency appeal from the US Department of Justice to restore an immigration order from President Donald Trump barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily banning refugees.
“Appellants’ request for an immediate administrative stay pending full consideration of the emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied,” the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said.
It said a reply from the Department in support of the emergency appeal was due on Monday.
The Department filed the appeal a day after a federal judge in Seattle ordered Trump’s travel ban to be lifted. The President’s January 27 order had barred admission of citizens from the seven nations for 90 days.
The Trump administration said it was improper for a lower court to engage in “second-guessing” of President Trump’s controversial immigration order, and said an appeals court should dissolve a judge’s order that stopped its implementation.
Meanwhile US President Donald Trump on Sunday denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the US government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions.
US President Donald Trump lashed out at a court ruling suspending his controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, dismissing it as “ridiculous” and vowing to get it overturned.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump wrote in a flurry of early morning tweets.
“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!” Trump wrote, less than 12 hours after the ruling was issued in Seattle.
“Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!” said Trump, who was in Florida for the weekend.