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Setback for Trump as US appeals court refuses to unblock travel ban



Setback for Trump as US appeals court refuses to unblock travel ban

US President Donald Trump has suffered another legal set back as US appeals court refused to reinstate a ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The unanimous decision was reached by a panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals after they declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travellers to enter the US.

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In its ruling on Thursday, the 9th US Circuit rejected the administration’s claim that it did not have the authority to review the president’s executive order.

“There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy,” it said.

District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order on the travel ban on February 4 after Washington and Minnesota states sued, prompting Trump to label him a “so-called judge”.



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