Appeals Court Renders Decision on Trump Immigration Ban

UPDATED 6:16pm ET, Thursday:  U.S. appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban. In other words, President Trump’s executive order to temporarily stop immigrants from entering the U.S. if they stem from any one of seven terror-laden countries listed in the executive order is not enforceable.  More to come. DEVELOPING.

The ACLU celebrated the decision with a sarcastic tweet:

ABC explains the decision.

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Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. eastern time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco held a special hearing via conference call on President Trump’s temporary immigration ban, and allowed the hearing to be broadcast live.

President Trump – and the nation – awaits in suspense while the judges are still considering the case.

Even though the court is located in San Francisco, the three judges hearing the case were all in separate locations – San Jose, California; Phoenix, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Last minute lawyer swap.

Just hours before a special hearing Tuesday evening on President Trump’s temporary immigration ban, the Trump administration swapped lawyers after a possible conflict of interest was discovered.

The Justice Department learned that the two lawyers leading the defense of Trump’s executive order, Acting Associate Attorney General Chad Readler and Acting Solicitor General Noel Franciso, were formerly employed by Jones Day.

Therein lies the problem, as Jones Day, a large law firm based in Cleveland who has 2,500 lawyers around the world, had actually filed an opposition on Monday to the very executive order that was being defended.

Bloomberg reported that at least a dozen former lawyers from Jones Day have joined the Trump administration – including Donald McGahn, who serves as general counsel for the White House.

The two lawyers were replaced by August Flentje, who has been a lawyer for the Justice Department for 19 years, and Edwin Kneedler, a Justice Department lawyer who has been with the solicitor general’s office and served as a deputy for the past 24 years.

President Trump’s Comments

President Trump had a meeting Tuesday with a group of sheriffs from all across the country.  “I can’t believe we’re actually having to fight in a court system to protect the security of our nation,” Trump said.

Wednesday afternoon, President Trump tweeted a graph to remind the judges that his immigration ban is considered to be one of his most popular executive orders so far.

Below is the audio of the entire 1-hour hearing Tuesday evening.

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