The federal courts have struck down President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday overturned the ban issued by Trump in January.
The judges said the executive order, which had been blocked by the U.N. Security Council, violated the U,S.
Constitution’s Establishment Clause and was not narrowly tailored to achieve the stated purpose of preventing terrorism.
Trump has claimed that the ban was designed to keep Muslims out of the U., even though Muslims make up a tiny percentage of the population in the United States.
In a statement, Trump called the ruling a victory for the rule of law and said he was “pleased” by the ruling.
“The Supreme Court has spoken: Trump’s order violates the U (sic) Establishment Clause, the Constitution, and the laws of this country,” Trump said.
“The Trump administration is now on notice: the Supreme Court will not allow the Trump Administration to defy the will of the people, and will not stand idly by as a federal judge orders that President Trump’s executive order be struck down.”
The ruling also was a victory in a legal battle between two Trump-aligned attorneys, Marc Eisenberg and David Boies, who have argued that the order violates a court order to enforce a federal court injunction issued in December against the travel ban, which Trump had claimed violated the Establishment Clause.
Eisenberg and Boies filed a brief in January arguing that the court order was invalid because the government failed to provide sufficient evidence of an actual threat of terrorism in the ban’s scope.
“This is a historic victory for freedom of religion and for the First Amendment,” Eisenberg said in a statement.
“We are deeply grateful to our legal team for working diligently on this case.
It will be an honor to represent the President on a case that matters to so many Americans.”
Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.