The President has had a tumultuous relationship with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court has blocked various versions of the President’s travel ban since he signed the executive order soon after taking office. The United States Supreme Court ruled that parts of the travel ban could stand, court challenges began immediately after the announcement. One such challenge was decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
The 9th Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of upholding the lower district court’s injunction for the President’s travel ban. The injunction found that the President’s executive order issues far too narrow a set of exemptions to the ban.
The Supreme Court decided in June, to allow Trump to enforce the ban in part. He was not permitted to prohibit entry to travelers with a legitimate relationship with a person or entity within the United States.
The Trump administration responded to the decision by defining what a legitimate relationship meant in the most narrow of ways. The administration extended exemptions only to close immediate family members of people already legally in the United States. The 9th Circuit found that the ban allowed a set of exceptions that was far too narrow.
The President has yet to respond to the 9th Circuit’s Thursday decision. A spokesperson for the Justice Department said that the Department of Justice would appeal to the Supreme Court. The spokesman said, “The Supreme Court has stepped in to correct these lower courts before, and we will now return to the Supreme Court to vindicate the executive branch’s duty to protect the nation.”
The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the travel ban. There is a hearing scheduled for October 2017. It often takes weeks and sometimes months, for the Court to issue a decision after they hear oral arguments. The June Supreme Court ruling allowed the ban to be implemented but did not speak to the Constitutionality of the executive order. That issue will be decided sometime after the October hearing.