Donald Trump is hella pissed right now.
The 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals has just ruled that the president’s travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries will remain blocked, which means that citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will continue to be able to travel to the United States.
The ruling was a unanimous one by the 9th Circuit’s three-judge panel.
“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” says the decision. “And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination. We need not characterize the public interest more definitely than this … The emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied.”
This is a huge setback for Trump and the executive order he signed last month. Trump has already vowed he will take the issue as far as the Supreme Court, and has (of course) already taken to Twitter following the not-in-his-favor news, saying “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” (The all-caps are his.)
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
This is a story we’ll be following closely. Check back for updates.