The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is upholding a ruling by a lower court that found President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority nations unconstitutional.
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) May 25, 2017
The ruling today affirms that the order was effectively a religious ban on Muslim travelers, and therefore an illegal restriction on persons on the basis of their religious beliefs.
The 4th Circuit Court was “unconvinced [that Trump’s executive order] has more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president’s proposed Muslim ban,” according to NBC News.
Chief Judge Roger Gregory, writing for the court, issued a strong defense for religious freedom for all. “Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles — that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy or favor or disfavor one religion over another,” he wrote, adding that the president’s powers to limit entry to the U.S. “cannot go unchecked” and were “not absolute.”
WOW. 4th Circuit says @realDonaldTrump's travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) May 25, 2017
The ruling looked at the Trump administration’s second attempt to issue an executive order limiting travel from Muslim-majority nations. The first executive order was similarly ruled unconstitutional by several courts.