A federal appeals court has denied  the Justice Department’s request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s ban on accepting certain travellers and all refugees in a ruling that came early this morning.


Earlier Saturday, the government officially suspended the ban’s enforcement in compliance with the order of U.S. District Judge James Robart. It marks a huge setback for the new president, who only a week ago moved to suspend America’s refugee program and halt immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries which the government said raise terrorism concerns.

When the ban was initially suspended, President Trump mocked Robart, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, calling him a “so-called judge” whose “ridiculous” ruling “will be overturned.”  The Trump administration also appealed the temporary order restraining the ban nationwide, saying late Saturday night that the federal judge in Seattle overreached by “second-guessing” the president on a matter of national security.

Now the higher court’s denial of an immediate stay means that the  legal battles over the ban will continue . The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked challengers of the ban respond to the appeal, and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.

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