A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration's immigration policy.
BREAKING: The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump's administration may yet appeal to the Supreme Court over recent rulings on his travel ban
From the Post story:
"Minutes after one White House official said the Trump administration would not appeal a 9th Circuit ruling upholding a temporary stay of the travel ban, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said the White House is 'reviewing all of our options in the court system,' including possibly going to the Supreme Court."
According to earlier reports from NBC and The Hill, Trump's administration wasn't planning to appeal a decision that upheld a block on his executive order banning entry by refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in San Francisco ruled Thursday to uphold a temporary restraining order approved last Friday by a federal judge in Seattle at the request of the states of Washington and Minnesota.
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The ruling effectively maintains immigration rules in place prior to Trump's Jan. 27 executive order until a full hearing can be held on claims that Trump's order violates the Constitution and federal law.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Trump was already considering signing a "brand new order" on immigration, though whether that would aim to circumvent the current disputes was unclear.
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The dispute centers on a lawsuit filed Jan. 30 by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Attorneys for the state won a temporary pause on Trump's executive order blocking entry to the U.S. by refugees worldwide and certain immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
"No one is above the law, not even the president," Ferguson said in a statement after Thursday's ruling. "The president should withdraw this flawed, rushed and dangerous executive order, which caused chaos across the country. If he refuses, I will continue our work to hold him accountable to the Constitution."
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