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Trump’s Travel Ban Torpedoed By His Own Tweets



Last Thursday, the Acting General Solicitor of the United States Jeffrey B. Wall filed a petition for certiorari in International Refugee Assistance Program v. Trump. A district judge in Maryland blocked Trump’s Executive Order, effectively freezing admission to the U.S. of nationals from six majority-Muslim countries.

The Court of Appeals then upheld the injunction. The court’s majority opinion by Chief Judge Roger Gregory said that the order “…in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

Drawing in part from Trump’s own statements while campaigning and after taking office, the court concluded that the order is, despite argument to the contrary, aimed at excluding Muslims from the U.S. because they are Muslims, and thus violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of “an establishment of religion.”

What hope does Wall have to argue once again that International Refugee Assistance Program v. Trump is not a religious-based “travel ban” when President Trump himself cannot seem to stop tweeting otherwise?

The President’s total lack of temperance and his affinity for tweeting his every errant thought is nothing short of cringeworthy. But just this once, it might work in favor of those he would seek to oppress.





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