A federal court in the US has rejected Trump’s appeal to reinstate his controversial travel ban on seven heavily Muslim nations.
Trump’s lawyers failed to make their case and all three judges decided against blocking the ruling by a Seattle court which froze the travel ban on the basis that it was unconstitutional.
In fact, according to the federal judges, Trump’s counsel made little attempt at justifying the order, instead relying on the President’s authority.
Despite accepting that ‘on the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security’, the court emphasised the public interest in ‘free flow of travel… and in freedom from discrimination’.
The judges also noted ‘no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order’ had committed terrorist attacks in the US.
Although the Seattle court halted the order based on constitutionality, the judges of the federal court didn’t pass comment on this debate.
Instead they focused on the question of whether the courts were allowed to oppose the ban, contrary to the President’s sole discretion on immigration.
As predicted, Trump took to Twitter in objection of the ruling stating: ‘See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!’
A Supreme Court appeal is likely, but the President may wait for Judge Neil Gorsuch to join the top court before filing this lawsuit.
In response, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat leading one of the states who challenged the ban, stated: ‘Mr President, we just saw you in court, and we beat you.’