US Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban

Washington, A federal appeals panel has unanimously rejected US President Trump's bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations.

The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national security, said the administration had shown "no evidence" that anyone from the seven nations Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen had committed terrorist acts in the United States.

The ruling also rejected Trump's claim that courts are powerless to review a president's national security assessments. Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy, the court said.

"It is beyond question," the decision said, "that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action." The appeals court acknowledged that Trump was owed deference on his immigration and national security policies. But it said he was claiming something more that "national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections."

Source: Qatar News Agency