When a Texas judge ruled on Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’
Two months after Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, Texas’ highest court ruled that his ban could be applied to the state’s immigration court.
The high court in Austin issued a ruling on Friday that could have implications for federal courts across the country, and the Supreme Court in Washington is expected to hear arguments in the case on June 8.
The decision is a win for the Trump administration, which argued that the ban was necessary to protect the country from “threats to national security and public safety” from foreign nationals, according to a summary of the ruling provided to Reuters.
It was a blow to the Obama administration, whose lawyers had argued that it could apply a different law to Texas, and that the state would have to prove that its new law “has a secular purpose.”
Lawyers for the state of Texas and the Trump Administration had argued for months that the order could not be applied without first being approved by the Supreme, the country’s highest court.
Lawyers on both sides also said they were not sure what the court’s ruling would mean for Trump’s ban, which has been blocked by federal judges and the courts of appeals.
Trump signed an order barring immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States on Jan. 27, and barring immigrants who have committed crimes or otherwise violated the nation’s immigration laws from entering for 90 days.
Trump has repeatedly said that he wanted to keep the U.S. out of the Muslim-dominated world, but he has repeatedly used the travel ban to target Muslims and has denied any intention to target immigrants from Muslim-run countries.
Lawmakers in several states have challenged Trump’s travel ban, including in the U,S.
Virgin Islands, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.