President Trump has acted illegally, for the third time, in banning U.S. entry of anyone from a group of mostly Muslim nations, a San Francisco-based federal appeals court ruled late Friday.
But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delayed enforcement of its ruling — which would largely block Trump’s travel ban — while the government appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Dec. 4, the high court allowed the Trump administration to enforce the president’s executive order while the case was pending, a possible signal of judicial support for the president’s latest version of his executive order.
Friday’s ruling was the first by an appeals court on the latest version of the travel ban. Another appellate court in Maryland is weighing a separate suit.
All this comes on the heels of a Islamic terror plot targeting Pier 39 being thwarted by the FBI.