At least for the time being, the travel ban on refugees, and others from seven Muslim countries will remain lifted, following a federal appeals court decision to uphold a lower court’s verdict. District Judge James L Robart ruled on Friday in favor of temporarily stopping the Trump Administration’s travel ban.
The appeals court has set a schedule for the Department of Justice to mount a further challenge. Those challenges need to be filed by 6 pm eastern time on Monday. If the DOJ loses again, the next step would be to seek a ruling by the Supreme Court.
Through Monday, however, those previously affected by the Trump Administration’s travel ban/immigration order will be able to travel to the US freely. After losing in the courts on Friday, Trump took his case to Twitter Saturday.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning from his weekend golf retreat in Florida. Later, on Saturday Trump tweeted again, saying that “many bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country,” because of the court’s decision to lift his ban.
For the time being, those with valid visas will be able to enter the country, the Department of Homeland Security stated. Advocates in favor of travelers affected by Trump’s order are encouraging those with travel plans to get on planes as soon as possible, due to the unpredictability of the issue. Altogether, more than a dozen legal challenges to Trump’s executive order have been filed.
Last year, Robart presided over a case that alleged excessive force by Seattle police. During that hearing he noted that while blacks amounted to only 20 percent of the population there, 41 percent of the deadly force incidents involved blacks. “Black lives matter,” Robart said.