Appeals court cites Trump tweets in ruling against travel ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against President Trump’s so-called travel ban, delivering another blow to the administration as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether to intervene.

The California-based court in large part  affirmed the Hawaii district court ruling blocking parts of the order, which temporarily banned nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., suspended the entry of all refugees for a set period and reduced the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for fiscal 2017.

In a unanimous ruling Monday, a three-judge panel on the court said Trump’s order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality.

Though the Immigration and Nationality Act gives the president broad powers to control the entry of foreigners, the judges said the president’s authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints. The judges also cited Trump’s tweets in defending its finding.

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