The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against President Trump’s so-called travel ban, delivering another blow to the administration as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether to intervene.
The California-based court affirmed in large part the Hawaii district court ruling that blocked the temporary ban on nationals from six-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Trump stoked controversy last week by again labeling his order a “travel ban.” White House officials had rejected that phrase, saying the administration action is not a ban, but is rather setting up a system of extreme vetting.
In a unanimous ruling Monday, a three-judge panel on the court said Trump’s order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality.
Though the Immigration and Nationality Act gives the president broad powers to control the entry of aliens, the judges said the president’s authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints.