Court rules against Trump travel ban, maintaining freeze on immigration order
by Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN News
SAN FRANCISCO — President Donald Trump may be used to getting his way — but not in the US Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit.
The San Francisco federal appeals court ruled 3-0 against President Trump on his controversial travel ban.
Three judges maintained the freeze on the executive order on immigration, which means previously-barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue coming to the US.
The appeals court concluded that the Trump administration had not justified that any citizen from any of the seven banned countries has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the US.
These Filipino-Americans, who were waiting for their loved-ones at the San Francisco International Airport had mixed reactions to the court ruling.
Peggy Dungca thinks the judges made the right call.
“We don’t think the Muslims should be banned from entering the United States,” said Dunga. “This country is a country of equal opportunity, and everybody has the right to come to our country.”
Romelyn Stephens, on the other hand, is disappointed that Trump’s travel ban continues to be suspended.
“Kahit immigrant ako, para naman yon sa kapakanan ng mga nandito sa America,” said Stephens. “Sa pagkakaalam natin, hindi naman lahat binaban.”
President Trump’s January 27 executive order barred entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and imposed a 120-day halt on all refugees, except refugees from Syria, who are banned in the US indefinitely.
The 9th US circuit court of appeals ruling came following a challenge to Trump’s travel ban — filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota.
But the fight is not over for President Trump. His administration could file an appeal with the Supreme Court. But that could be a difficult road ahead.
Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has yet to be confirmed. If his travel ban comes before the current eight-member Supreme Court and the justices deadlock, the ruling of the 9th circuit — will continue to take effect.
“It’s a political decision, and we’re going to see them in court, and I look forward to doing it,” the President said. “We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake…and it’s a very, very serious situation. so, we look forward, as I just said, to seeing them in court.”
But some kababayans are confident that even the highest court in the land will not let Trump get his way on this matter.