UNITED STATES — A United States Appeals Court has denied a motion from the Justice Department that would have reinstated the executive order that President Trump signed last week placing a temporary ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Executive order was stayed by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, but the Justice Dept. filed an emergency appeal, asking for the effect of the Executive Order to be reinstated, but a three-judge panel denied that request late Saturday night.
“The injunction immediately harms the public by thwarting enforcement of an Executive Order issued by the President, based on his national security judgment,” the motion signed by acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco and acting Civil Division chief Chad Readler argues. “As the President acted well within both statutory and constitutional authorization, the relief irreparably harms our system of government by contravening the Constitution’s separation of powers.”
At a hearing Friday, Robart, an appointee of George W. Bush, suggested that there was no basis for people from those seven countries to be considered more dangerous than from other countries.
A hearing on the Justice Dept. motion is scheduled for Monday.