On Thursday afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision on whether or not to reinstate President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban after Judge James Robart’s recently-issued temporary restraining order, which brought the ban to a halt.
Two words sum up the decision: Trump lost.
The court’s ruling was a unanimous decision:
“We hold that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, not has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay…
“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies. 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.”
The published order goes on for many pages, but at the end is a Conclusion section that simple says:
“The emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is DENIED.”
You can read the entire order here.
Minutes after this announcement, Trump tweeted his response, all in caps:
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Trump has gone on Twitter rants recently over Robart’s restraining order. While he has only posted this one tweet so far, it’s likely that he’ll do the same at some point, maybe even tonight when he’s alone in the White House residence.
Trump’s tweet foreshadows the long road ahead on this issue. There is a strong chance that the ban will make its way to the United States Supreme Court, which could result in a 4-4 tie since there’s currently only eight Justices on the bench. If that were to happen, today’s ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals would stand, and the ban would be over for good.
Politics Village will keep you updated on the Muslim Ban’s future as it continues making its way through the courts.