A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined to reinstate President Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban that affected roughly 17,000 students on American campuses.
Mr. Trump’s order, issued last month, suspended for 90 days the entry into the United States of citizens of seven largely Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It also suspended for 120 days the admission into the United States of all refugees.
The order stranded some students and faculty members abroad, and left colleges scrambling to respond, with many institutions advising people from the affected nations not to leave the United States, for fear that they might not be permitted to return. The order also prompted loud protests from people inside and outside higher education.
Several courts have recently weighed in on the order. The most decisive ruling was issued last Friday, when a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked its enforcement. That decision offered some people a narrow window in which to return to the United States. Meanwhile, the federal government sought an emergency stay in the case, to reinstate the ban while its appeal proceeded.
Despite the appellate panel’s unanimous ruling, many observers have predicted that the case will eventually end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Shortly after it was announced, Mr. Trump raged against the decision on Twitter:
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SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017