Court Rules Against Reinstating Trump's Immigration Ban
It was a unanimous ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2017 5:23 PM CST
In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 photo, Baraa Haj Khalaf, left, gets a kiss from her mother, Fattuom Bakir, after arriving at O'Hare International Airport, in Chicago.   (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP)

(Newser) – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration on Thursday, refusing to reinstate the president's executive order restricting immigration and refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations, the Washington Post reports. The decision upholds the ruling of Judge James Robart made last Friday, which first blocked Trump's travel ban. The court bought into the arguments of Washington state and Minnesota that the ban—even a temporary reinstatement of it—would cause harm to the states, specifically their universities, according to the AP. Reuters reports it was a unanimous ruling of all three judges on the Court of Appeals.

In its ruling, the court found the Trump administration failed to show the US would be harmed if the travel ban weren't reinstated. It also didn't completely buy the administration's arguments for why the ban is needed, and ruled that comments by Trump and his advisers could be used to determine the intent of the ban, CBS News reports. The court didn't rule on the constitutionality or legality of Trump's executive order, only that the suspension of it could be kept in place. Trump responded in a tweet following the ruling: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" The executive order will likely now head to the Supreme Court, where a 4-4 split is probable. In the case of a tie, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling would hold.

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