Washington (May 26, 2017): United States federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban against the citizens of six Islamic countries.
The 10-3 ruling from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s decision to halt core portions of the executive order indefinitely.
US President Donald Trump imposed the travel ban on six Muslim countries but it never got off the ground because federal courts suspended the order just hours before it was set to go into effect.
It would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.
The court makes extensive use of Trump’s comments during his campaign when he called for a full ban on Muslims from entering the United States as evidence against this executive order.
“The evidence in the record, viewed from the standpoint of the reasonable observer, creates a compelling case that (the executive order’s) primary purpose is religious,” the ruling states. “Then-candidate Trump’s campaign statements reveal that on numerous occasions, he expressed anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.”
US citizens have also been taking out mass protest rallies against Donald Trump’s travel ban across the country.