President Trump’s revised travel ban caused a ripple throughout the world. It affects people from Yemen, Iran, Syria, and three other predominately Muslim countries. As a result, courts filed injunctions. On May 25, 2017, a federal appeals court ruled the lower court’s order was valid, according to CNN.
The ruling from United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit documented more than eight pages of supporting appellants. Among these are numerous states, immigrant agencies, universities, the American Constitution Society, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and various law agencies, all asserting they would be affected by the travel ban.
Appeal No. 17-1351 ruling is 205 pages long, and with the legalese, it is tedious to wade through. The court reviewed both the original and revised travel bans handed down by the presidential directive.
The document included media coverage of the travel ban during and after the president’s inauguration. Trump’s attempt discriminate against a person based on their religious affiliation is controversial and most likely unconstitutional.
The 4th Circuit is in Richmond, Virginia. Its appellate jurisdiction covers nine district courts: Maryland, South Carolina, three in North Carolina, and four in West Virginia. There are fifteen presiding circuit judges preside, four senior judges, and the Chief Judge, Roger Gregory. Presidents Ronald Reagan, both G.H.W. and G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama appointed the judges.
The next step to decide the legality of the travel ban is likely a Supreme Court appeal by Trump; John F. Kelly, in his capacity as Secretary of Homeland Security; Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State; and Daniel R. Coats, the Director of National Intelligence. The 4th Circuit Court’s document lists these men as the defendants of the travel ban case.
By Cathy Milne
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: Appeal 17-1351; Doc. 295; Filed 05/25/2017
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