Appeals court declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

Appeals court declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that President Trump's third attempt to institute the Muslim Ban promised during his presidential campaign is likely unconstitutional.

In a 9-4 decision, judges from the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that its examination of the executive order, along with official statements by the president and other officials were "unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam".

In late December, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the third iteration of Trump's travel ban, saying it goes against federal law.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to hear the travel ban case in April.

The latest version of the travel ban blocks people from eight countries - six of which are Muslim-majority - from USA entry. The latest version bars or limits entry by people from Iran, Syria, Chad, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. Critics said the changes didn't erase the legal problems with the ban. Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote in the majority opinion that the government's "proffered rationale for the Proclamation lies at odds with the statements of the President himself".

"The Constitution prohibits government actions hostile to a religion", Wang said. Thursday´s ruling upheld a Maryland-based district court judge´s decision in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents several advocacy groups including the International Refugee Assistance Project. He said the latest restrictions were the product of a global, multiagency review that found the specified countries do not share enough security-related information with the U.S. He said the ban is created to protect the nation from terrorism and other threats.

The administration has said the ban is a legitimate measure to protect national security.

The ruling was the second time the 4th Circuit has rejected a travel ban.

On February 15, a court declared President Donald Trump's travel ban unconstitutional, citing a tweet he posted about General John Pershing, pictured here giving a broadcast in 1940.

As a candidate running for America's highest office, Trump pledged to enact "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". A federal judge in Seattle soon blocked it, and courts since then have wrestled with the restrictions as the administration has rewritten them.

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