Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case

Politico reports that the Trump administration is asking a federal appeals court to expedite its review of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban executive order.

However, rather than attempting to write a third executive order on the issue, Trump seems likely to take the case to the Supreme Court if the ban remains halted. Federal Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland specifically blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

The order, Trenga wrote in his opinion, falls well within the president's authority over the country's foreign policy and national security.

"The substantive revisions reflected in EO-2 have reduced the probative value of the President's statements to the point that it is no longer likely that plaintiffs can succeed on their claim that the predominate goal of EO-2 is to discriminate against Muslims based on their religion and that EO-2 is a pretext or a sham for that objective", Trenga added.

"We're pleased with this ruling, which found that the plaintiffs had no likelihood of success on the merits of their claims", Spicer said Friday during the daily press briefing. The injunction had been brought forward by Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who was represented by an attorney from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "As the Court correctly explains, the President's Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation's security".

Those rulings, as well as the one Friday in Virginia, are not final but temporary decisions on the travel ban as the cases over its constitutionality proceed.

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"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable".

This doesn't overturn the previous rulings that froze the executive order.

FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said they know about threats Watson has received and is prepared to help, but did not provide further information about the investigation.

Trump's executive order, signed March 6, was scheduled to go into effect earlier this month.

Chuang granted a nationwide preliminary injunction, though he did not block the entire order.

Watson blocked the ban hours before it was set to take effect.

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