In a unanimous 3 to 0 decision, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit voted to maintain the suspension of President Trump’s immigration ban. The result of this ruling is that people from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Trump banned immigration from can continue coming to the United States. In the case, lawyers representing the government argued that the immigration ban should continue for national security reasons. However, the three judges rejected this reasoning, reaffirming in their opinion the ability of the court to check the powers of the president. President Trump did not react favorably on Twitter to the ruling, tweeting in full caps: SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
BOTTOM LINE: This ruling was a huge blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to ban immigration from these seven countries. Though President Trump will likely push for the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court would overrule what has already been determined, as the conservative justices are unlikely to rule in favor of expanding executive power. Additionally, this ruling has set a precedent of checking the executive power of President Trump, hopefully putting to rest the concerns of many who feared that President Trump would abuse his presidential powers.
Not to be overshadowed by the ruling of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Jeff Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General. The final vote in the Senate was 52 to 47, mainly falling along party lines. Among other responsibilities, Sessions will be in charge of immigration courts. During his swearing in ceremony, Sessions stated that the U.S. needs a “lawful system of immigration.”
BOTTOM LINE: The swearing in of Senator Sessions could pose issues for immigrants to America. Sanctuary cities fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, which would reverse the important progress made. Sessions made a point that he wants to end the lawlessness that threatens the public’s safety, pulls down wages of working Americans. He continued to state that he is against amnesty, and will likely work to undo much of what the Obama Administration accomplished regarding immigration policy.