Trump administration appeals block of travel ban

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Another judge on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appears to be criticizing President Donald Trump's complaints about judges who ruled against his travel ban.

Speaking Wednesday evening at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump called the ruling in Hawaii an example of "unprecedented judicial overreach" and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It applies both to the ban on entry and visa issuance to nationals of the six designated countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), and to the suspension of admission of refugees.

Chuang also concluded that while the ban might have a legitimate national-security goal, that was secondary to its primary objective of keeping Muslims out of the U.S.

"We intend to appeal the flawed rulings", said the president s spokesman Sean Spicer.

He added that the Trump administration was exploring all available options to vigorously defend the revised executive order.

It was a humiliating setback for Trump, who saw his first attempt at limiting travel from the Muslim world halted by the federal courts last month after it had caused chaos at airports both in the USA and overseas.

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The second version of the travel ban, the president said, "is a watered down version of the first one".

The Hawaii ruling also halted a 120-day suspension of the USA refugee admissions program.

Another federal judge in Maryland wrote, "the history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the objective of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban". "The President's Executive Order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our Nation's security, and the Department will continue to defend this Executive Order in the courts".

Judge Derrick Watson found Wednesday that the legal challenge brought by the state of Hawaii was likely to succeed on the merits of an argument that the executive order violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause, which requires government actions to have a primarily secular goal.

Chuang wrote that he "should not, and will not, second-guess the conclusion that national security interests would be served by the travel ban", but if the national security rationale was secondary to an attempt to disfavor a particular religion, he had no choice but to block the executive order.

Judge Watson's ruling concluded there was "significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus" behind the travel ban, including the president's own campaign comments regarding Muslims. He then made plain his opposition to Islam in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper a year ago, asserting: "I think Islam hates us".

"Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order can not be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries", Watson added.

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Watson indicated that the court would not stay its decision in the event of an appeal.

"The Constitution has once again put the brakes on President Trump s disgraceful and discriminatory ban", said Omar Jadwat, director of the immigrant rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.

Trump has vowed to take the fight all the way to US Supreme Court.

The Hawaii and Maryland rulings came after a trio of hearings Wednesday on the ban. "We are going to win".

"You don't think this was done by a judge for political reasons?" he asked.

The administration plans to appeal the rulings.

"A leopard can not change his spots by taking a bath", Cornell Law Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said.

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