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Is President Trump's travel ban unconstitutional?

President Trump's executive order banning travelers and from seven Muslim-majority nations and suspending the U.S. refugee program has created a public uproar. Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell is leading the charge against the policy by arguing the travel ban will cause irrevocable damage to his home state. The government is defending the order, saying legal precedent gives the president authority to restrict who enters the country. What do you think?

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the stay against the travel ban will remain in place for now until the legality of the ban is settled. The Trump administration is expected to bring the issue to the Supreme Court. 

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to continue blocking enforcement of President Trump ’s travel ban. The unanimous decision means that a stay preventing a ban on on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries remains in place, at least for now. The ruling came after the three-judge panel heard arguments this week from the Justice Department and Washington state.
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The legal challenges to Trump's executive order are numerous. Four U.S. district judges have issued temporary rulings blocking aspects of the order. The ban gives preference to Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees, which constitutional law experts say violates the Establishment clause of the Constitution. Dan Siciliano, law professor at Stanford University, said the order was absolutely in violation of the law:

"It’s clearly a nationality ban and a de facto religion ban. We have in place statutes that say the government should not set policy or take actions based on nationality."
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But other legal experts say the order is not a Muslim ban and predict the courts will back Trump. The order entry of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Eugene Volokh, professor at UCLA School of Law, said the anti-Muslim bias of the order was not clear, since "judges might interpret the order as targeting people from countries where jihadist sentiments are common." Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, predicts the courts will not interpret the order as a religious ban:

“It is not on its face a Muslim ban....No judge can look at the order and analyze it as a Muslim ban because the vast majority of Muslims around the world are not affected by the limitations placed on these seven countries.”
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Congressman Chris Murphy is already introducing a bill to overturn the executive order, describing it as a "Muslim ban."

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Millions of Americans see the ban as not only illegal, but a dangerous attack on fellow citizens that cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

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On the other hand, some legal scholars say Trump is within his rights to determine whether non-citizens should be allowed to gain entry to the United States. This ban was one of Trump's signature campaign promises, and many Americans think it's an essential move to prevent terrorist attacks like those in Brussels, Paris, and Nice. UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh notes:

On the other hand, some legal scholars say Trump is within his rights to determine whether non-citizens should be allowed to gain entry to the United States. This ban was one of Trump's signature campaign promises, and many Americans think it's an essential move to prevent terrorist attacks like those in Brussels, Paris, and Nice. UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh notes:
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Plenty of supporters think protesters are overreacting, and that the executive order is not prejudice—it's just national security.

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