In a stunning victory for immigration advocates, the US Circuit Court, 9th District, declined to reinstate Trumps Immigration ban barring travel of citizens and refugees from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. Instead, the three-judge panel upheld the ruling of Judge Jame Robart who placed a nationwide restraining order on the ban one week ago.
The public “has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination,” the panel wrote in their unanimous 29-page ruling.
The White House is now expected to take their case for reinstatement of the ban to the US Supreme court.
However, that court has been short one judge since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Republicans in the Senate refused to hold confirmation hearings for President Obama's appointments.
The 8 justices on the Supreme Court are equally divided along ideological lines. Therefore, even if the white House brings the case to them, they are unlikely to render a decision, leaving the 9th Circuit's decision in place.
The 9th Circuit Court's ruling is not only a win for people from the seven states covered by the ban, but also states of Washington and Minnesota, who filed the suit, and all the tech companies and others who rely on worldwide intelligence, expertise, and labor.