In travel ban case, US judges focus on discrimination against Muslims, Trump’s powers

Email The government argues that the text of the order does not mention any specific religion and is needed to protect the country against attacks. Acting U.S. “This is something new and unusual in which you’re saying this whole class of people, some of whom are dangerous, we can ban them all.”
The Justice Department argues Trump issued his order solely to protect national security. The first, issued on Jan. Likely to go to Supreme Court
The March order was Trump’s second effort to craft travel restrictions. In Washington, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news briefing that the executive order is “fully lawful and will be upheld. Last week the 4th U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, arguing on behalf of the Trump administration, said that the order from the 1940s, which is now viewed as a low point in U.S. We believe that.”
The panel, made up entirely of judges appointed by Democratic former President Bill Clinton, reviewed a Hawaii judge’s ruling that blocked parts of the Republican president’s revised travel order. The three-judge 9th U.S. SEATTLE (Reuters) U.S. “That is the million dollar question,” said Katyal. As part of that ruling, Watson cited Trump’s campaign statements on Muslims as evidence that his executive order was discriminatory. Trump’s attempt to limit travel was one of his first major acts in office. Neal Katyal, an attorney for Hawaii, said the evidence goes beyond Trump’s campaign statements. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii blocked 90-day entry restrictions on people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as part of the order that suspended entry of refugee applicants for 120 days. “Why shouldn’t we be deferential to what the president says?” Hawkins said. appeals court judges on Monday (May 15) questioned the lawyer defending President Trump’s temporary travel ban about whether it discriminates against Muslims and pressed challengers to explain why the court should not defer to Trump’s presidential powers to set the policy. 27, led to chaos and protests at airports before it was blocked by courts. In addressing the Justice Department at the hearing in Seattle, 9th Circuit Judge Richard Paez pointed out that many of Trump’s statements about Muslims came “during the midst of a highly contentious (election) campaign.” Paez asked if that should be taken into account when deciding how much weight they should be given in reviewing the travel ban’s constitutionality. The second order was intended to overcome the legal problems posed by the original ban, but it was also suspended by judges before it could take effect on March 16. A reasonable person would see Trump’s statements as evidence of discriminatory intent, Katyal said. The 9th Circuit previously blocked Trump’s first executive order. (Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; writing by Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg)

News Wire Subscribers: This article is not available for republication. Opponents — including the state of Hawaii and civil rights groups — say that both Trump’s first ban and his later revised ban discriminate against Muslims. U.S. A ruling has not yet been released. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia reviewed a Maryland judge’s ruling that blocked the 90-day entry restrictions. “The government has not engaged in mass, dragnet exclusions in the past 50 years,” Katyal said. That court is largely made up of Democrats, and the judges’ questioning appeared to break along partisan lines. Supreme Court is likely to be the ultimate decider, but the high court is not expected to take up the issue for several months. Outside the Seattle courtroom, a group of protesters gathered carrying signs with slogans including “The ban is still racist” and “No ban, no wall.”
Paez asked if an executive order detaining Japanese-Americans during World War II would pass muster under the government’s current logic. would not be defending it.”
Judge Michael Daly Hawkins asked challengers to Trump’s ban about the wide latitude held by U.S. The U.S. The fate of the ban is one indication of whether the Republican can carry out his promises to be tough on immigration and national security. If Trump’s executive order was the same as the one involving Japanese-Americans, Wall said: “I wouldn’t be standing here, and the U.S. presidents to decide who can enter the country. Questions? Circuit Court of Appeals panel was the second court in a week to review Trump’s directive banning people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. civil rights history, would not be constitutional.