Now that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled against Donald Trump's controversial executive order targeting seven Muslim-majority countries by refusing to reinstate it, many are wondering about next steps. Like, for example, will Trump's travel ban go to the Supreme Court?
Now that part of the ban has been struck down, it will potentially be sent back to Seattle-based federal judge James Robart, who temporarily blocked the ban in the first place. Robart issued a temporary stay against the order on a nationwide basis last weekend. Now there's a possibility Robart would be given an opportunity make his case against the ban even more robust, potentially making a permanent case against it.
However, even if judges side with Robart, Trump could appeal the case to the Supreme Court. But even if that happens, there are currently only eight Supreme Court justices, because Antonin Scalia has still not been replaced. So we could potentially face a deadlocked Supreme Court. In that case, the decision would bounce right back to the Ninth Circuit Court, essentially leaving the block on the ban in place.
A report from Business Insider reveals that on Tuesday, President Trump emphasized his commitment to the ban, saying, "We have a big court case, we're well represented, and we're going to see what happens."
Since becoming president, Trump has taken to Twitter to decry rulings made by the judiciary against his actions, calling the travel ban block "ridiculous." According to the New York Times, even Trump's conservative SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has disagreed with such attacks, describing them as “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
Fasten your seat belt. The battle over Trump's much-critiqued travel ban, a crucial campaign promise, is far from over.