Judges sceptical about Trump travel ban

Judges sceptical about Trump travel ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals will live stream this afternoon's oral argument in the state of Washington's challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.

On Friday in federal court in Seattle, US District Judge James L. Robart ruled against the government, finding that a temporary restraining order was warranted, and that the president overstepped his bounds. Elsewhere in the nation, a number of other lawsuits have been filed against the order by other states and advocacy groups.

So what happened at the court hearing this week?

- President Donald Trump says it doesn't take a lawyer to see that his order banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations is a "common sense" move to protect the USA from terrorists. The matter is ultimately likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As President Donald Trump's travel ban remains in legal limbo, federal lawyers are trying to get a USA appeals court to reinstate the executive order.

Ninth Circuit judges William Canby and Michelle Friedland questioned the DOJ's Flentje about the president's rationale for the ban in the first place.

The Justice Department responded that the president has clear authority to "suspend the entry of any class of aliens" to the U.S.in the name of national security.

The move was prompted after law professors, tech companies and former high-ranking national security officials joined a legal campaign a day earlier to keep the measure suspended despite Justice Department lawyers calling for the restoration of the ban. "I understand the argument they shouldn't be given much weight".

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"The energy they bring to America is a key reason why the American economy has been the greatest engine of prosperity and innovation in history", the companies said.

Syrian immigrant Mathyo Asali said he thought his life was "ruined" when he landed at Philadelphia International Airport on January 28 only to be denied entry to the United States.

Lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota argued in their brief that the travel ban caused "extraordinary and irreparable harm" to residents and businesses and violated the Constitution's ban against religious discrimination. His travel ban sparked protests and chaos at US and overseas airports.

"We're supposed to take your word for it?"

Purcell says the ban has split up families, held up students trying to travel here to study and has prevented people from visiting family overseas.

Purcell replied that Congress and the previous administration already addressed those concerns by removing visa waivers.

The Justice Department responded that the president had clear authority to "suspend the entry of any class of aliens" to the United States in the name of national security.