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Federal Court Denies Trump’s Appeal to Reinstate Travel Ban

(DNAINFO)  Ben Fractenberg | February 9, 2017 — The Justice Department had appealed an earlier ruling placing a stay on the executive order.

A federal court declined to reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on seven primarily Muslim countries Thursday.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, denied an appeal by the Justice Department after hearing arguments earlier in the week. The ruling is expected to go to to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling came after a federal judge in Seattle last week placed a stay on Trump’s executive order, allowing travelers and refugees from Syria, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Sudan to again enter the country.

The Trump administration had argued that the executive branch has the authority to restrict immigration.

The government’s lawyer, August E. Flentje, argued during an appeal hearing Tuesday it was not up to the courts or states to take part in “very troubling second guessing” of a presidential order concerning “national security.”

Source: Federal Court Denies Trump’s Appeal to Reinstate Travel Ban – Midtown – DNAinfo New York