Justice Department tells Appeals Court to reinstate Trump's Muslim Ban

Late on Monday, the U.S. Justice Department under the Trump administration urged a federal appeals court to reinstate the so-called President's so-called "targeted travel ban." The DoJ said this evening that immediate action was required to protect America from the global menace of terrorism.


Last Friday, U.S. District Judge James Robart suspended Trump's ban, opening a window for people from the seven affected countries to enter the country.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments over whether to restore the ban from Justice Department lawyers and opposing attorneys for the states of Minnesota and Washington at 3 p.m. PST.

In a tweet on Monday night, Trump said: "The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is very real, just look at what is happening in Europe and the Middle-East. Courts must act fast!"

Until then, travelers from the seven predominantly Muslim nations banned by Trump's executive order can expect a much lower risk of detention by border agents, though at this point, who knows.

From the New York Times article by Adam Liptak:

The administration's brief was the last in a series of urgent pleas to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, which is now set to rule on the most ambitious and disruptive initiative of Mr. Trump's young presidency. The ruling will almost certainly be followed by an appeal to the Supreme Court.

The court scheduled an hourlong oral argument for Tuesday. That gives at least another day of reprieve to foreign visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, as well as other immigrants, who initially were blocked from entering the United States by Mr. Trump's order.

The administration's brief largely tracked its earlier arguments that dismissing the ban outright would threaten national security and disregard presidential authority. But it also asked the appeals court, at a minimum, to reinstate at least part of Mr. Trump's order — appearing to acknowledge the possibility that the government's case might not be successful.

Roodo Abdishakur (2nd L), a Somali national who was delayed entry to the U.S. because of the recent travel ban, is greeted by her mother Zahra Warsma (L) at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

On Twitter today, Donald Trump said the threat to the United States "from radical Islamic terrorism is very real." Regarding legal challenges to his so-called "Muslim Ban" that threw the legal status of countless human beings into disarray, he added, "Courts must act fast!"

Trump administration spokesliar Sean Spicer told reporters the regime is ready to reinstate the ban which isn't a ban, yes it's a ban, wait no it's not, okay it's a ban.

"Once we win the case, it will go right back into action," he vowed. On that, I don't believe he's lying.

Salma Ali (L), sister of 12-year old Eman Ali of Yemen, waits with other family members for the arrival of Eman and her father Ahmed Ali at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kate Munsch