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Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Government lawyers call for delay in Trump immigration order case

Government lawyers call for delay in Trump immigration order case

In a news conference at the White House, Trump said the new order would "comprehensively protect our country", and he hinted that it might contain new vetting measures for travelers. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch had expressed misgivings about attacks on the judiciary in a personal conversation.

Without the administration doing anything, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit asked that the court consider whether it should reconsider the three-judge panel's ruling on an "en banc" basis. It suspended travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and paused the country's refugee program for 120 days. A separate appeals court order maintains a national suspension of the Trump order.

The appeals court sided with the administration on just one issue.

He has not yet said what that order may involve.

A man holds a sign during a protest held in response to President Trump's travel ban in Seattle, Washington on January 29.

Brinkema focused her questioning during the hearing on the apparent lack of a specific threat that might validate the president's order. Earlier Friday, he promised to take action "very rapidly" to protect the US and its citizens in the wake of the appeals court decision, but he did not specify what steps he planned to take.

His executive order barred citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US. "It will happen rapidly". Donald Trump specifically declared that "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people".

The 9th Circuit's active judges had been expected to vote on whether to reconsider the previous action upholding the hold on the ban, taken by a three-member motions panel of the court, after the close of briefing Thursday. Trump took aim at both the "so-called judge" in that case and the ruling, which he called "ridiculous".

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He told CNN Monday: "The ordinance has been withdrawn but has now been introduced nearly unchanged into the parliamentary process".

The ruling represented a setback for Trump's administration and the second legal defeat for the new president in the past week. And there are tremendous threats to our country.

"I promise you, we will fight back", New York Representative Joseph Crowley said.

The Justice Department said it was "reviewing the decision and considering its options". Trump tweeted after he learned of the decision.

On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia halted enforcement of the ban in that state based on evidence the order was motivated by animus to Muslims in violation of the Constitution's establishment clause.

The President wasted no time responding via Twitter. The order banned travel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told ABC on Sunday the current order was "unlawful" and had an "improper motive" because it was meant to discriminate against Muslims.

The Trump administration's February 13 request for postponement came on the heels of a three-judge panel's refusal to reinstate the ban (which appears to be what prompted Trump's "SEE YOU IN COURT" tweet).

Trump said Thursday that they are tweaking the policy so that it can stand up court, using the appeals court ruling as a playbook.

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