DOJ to Appeal 4th Cir Decision on Executive Order 13780 to SCOTUS

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On May 25, 2017, the full United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court-issued injunction against section 2(c) President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13780. Notably, the decision blocks enforcement of the provision of the Executive Order that imposed a 90-day suspension of entry on the nationals of six countries. Please see our full article to learn about the provisions affected by the Fourth Circuit decision [see article].

Furthermore, there is a pending appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding a separate district court injunction against Executive Order 13780. That injunction is broader than the one upheld by the Fourth Circuit, also affecting provisions of the Executive Order touching upon refugees.

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On May 25, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would appeal the adverse Fourth Circuit decision to the Supreme Court of the United States [link]. Given the broad implications of the Executive Order and differing district court decisions, it seems likely that the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.

I previously addressed issues with regard to the first and second versions of President Trump's Travel Executive Order, and I generally support its aims [see blog] and legality [see blog]. I look forward to writing more about the litigation on Executive Order 13780 — including the Fourth Circuit decision and potential Ninth Circuit decision — as the litigation moves forward.