Dodging moral issue of anti-Muslim travel ban

Could President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim travel ban be struck down without ever mentioning that it's anti-Muslim? That's what a panel decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has tried to do. The court said Monday that Trump's executive order violated federal immigration law because it operated on the basis of nationality and failed to provide a national security reason--even though the order purported to give one. The decision gave no deference whatsoever to the president's explanation.

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