“One of two US Circuit Courts of Appeals considering whether or not to extend a nationwide stay on President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban has ruled to largely affirm the injunction.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep the block on Mr Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries saying that, while the President has large constitutional authority to regulate who can come into the country, his power is not resolute. The chief judge of the court, Roger Gregory, wrote in the majority decision that Mr Trump’s executive order spoke in “vague words of national security”, but that the real world context of the order “drips of religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination”.
“Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute”, Mr Gregory wrote. “It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation”.