A federal appeals court denied early on Sunday a request from the Department of Justice to immediately restore President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, asking for more court filings before it rules on the matter.
As reported on Saturday night, the DOJ had filed court papers hours earlier seeking an immediate reversal of a ruling Friday against the executive order by U. S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle. Shortly after, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request for an immediate ruling, and instead called for written responses to the appeal to be filed with the court later Sunday and Monday. It was awaiting further submissions from Washington and Minnesota states on Sunday, and from the government on Monday.
The government’s appeal said the decision by judge James Robart in Washington poses an immediate harm to the public, thwarts enforcement of an executive order and “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment about the quantum of risk posed by the admission of certain classes of (non-citizens) and the best means of minimizing that risk”. Previously, in a seven-page ruling, Judge Robart wrote that he was granting a restraining order against the government in part because the plaintiffs, which included the State of Washington, were likely to win on their constitutional claims. Not halting the president’s order would cause the plaintiffs ‘irreparable injury,’ he wrote.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 5, 2017.