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Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson'

Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson'

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will release its ruling on President Trump's immigration ban on Thursday at the earliest, and it will provide advance notice to the public.

The US president's executive actions on extreme vetting and visa ban apply to migrants, refugees and US legal residents - Green Card holders - from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

The appeals court ruling Thursday means that travelers from those seven countries will continue to be allowed into the US with valid visas. A US federal appeals court heard oral arguments Tuesday about one of President Donald Trump's executive orders but withheld an immediate decision on the travel ban imposed on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. The order created confusion in the country's airports and was challenged by the states of Washington and Minnesota.

One option would be to try to file a "petition for rehearing en banc", which would seek a reexamination of the case by a larger panel of 9th Circuit judges in the hopes that they would reverse their colleagues' decision.

The appellate judges, meanwhile, have noted compelling public interests on both sides.

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The White House insists the decree is in the interest of national security, giving the new administration time to beef up vetting procedures to keep potential terrorists out of the country. Tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter supported those suits, saying the ban would cause "substantial harm on U.S. companies", as well as affect their global recruiting and disrupt their businesses.

On Tuesday, August Flentje, the attorney who represented the government, tried to argue that the courts didn't have the right to review executive orders from the president, a notion the panel rejected, Democracy Now reported.

The judges acknowledged the competing needs highlighted by the executive order.

Trump responded on Twitter on Thursday shortly after the decision came out. That means the Trump administration would need to convince five justices to grant the government's motion to stay Robart's decision, which is unlikely given that it was a temporary restraining order and not a ruling on the merits of the executive order.

That's when he said, "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on". But it did not shy away from the larger constitutional questions raised by the order.

Civilian deaths rise in Afghanistan
The conflict in Afghanistan has killed 24,841 civilians and injured 45,347 since 2009, according to the United Nations report . UNAMA's report Monday charted a 10-fold increase in civilian casualties blamed on Islamic State - 899, including 209 deaths.


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