Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban

T he United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond earlier today refused to reinstate the revised travel ban ordered earlier this year by Donald Trump — who is the current president of the United States — stating in this official decision that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban

This latest setback to significantly limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries is likely to be appealed at the Supreme Court of the United States as stated by Jeff Sessions — who is the current attorney general of the United States — according to multiple media sources:

“This Department of Justice will continue to vigorously defend the power and duty of the executive branch to protect the people of this country from danger, and will seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court.”

The original version of this travel ban was ordered by Trump on Friday, January 27, 2017 — but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco affirmed an order halting it fewer than two weeks later, which led to the revision of the travel ban.


One issue in which neither travel ban addressed are nefarious individuals who reside right here in the United States. A travel ban might slow their process of being radicalized abroad by those whose main purpose is to instill widespread fear by inflicting terror around the world; but it will not stop it, as information can be gleaned via the Internet and other sources.

If someone from outside of the United States is determined to commit a significant and deadly act, all that person needs to do is bypass one of the affected airports by taking a flight out of different airport.

Also, too many innocent people were unfairly caught up in the travel bans simply because of their nationalities.

I do not believe that either the travel ban nor the restrictions on electronics while traveling on an airplane are the best answers to confronting the growing problem of the breaching the safety and security of innocent people, as I explain in detail in this recent article

…rather, we need policies to be implemented which offer a balance of protecting both our safety and our rights instead of feeling like we are being punished for the senselessness and inconsideration of a relatively few violent individuals who are bent on purposely causing mayhem and death.

Cairo International Airport — of which I imparted my personal experience — is one of the ten airports affected by the new “aviation security enhancements” which are effective immediately. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

5 thoughts on “Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban”

  1. TC says:

    > Donald Trump — who is the current
    > president of the United States

    your phrasing is just a little unnecessarily snarky, don’t ya’ think

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Just being completely factual, TC

      1. TC says:

        >;Just being completely factual, TC

        being factual doesnt require snark

  2. Mnbska says:

    Your last sentence is the anti gun control argument, which is an interesting way to frame the TSA power abuses. “We all are paying too much for the actions of a few” is something 2nd amendment advocates can understand. That could defuse the tension and start an interesting discussion.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The whole purpose of many of the articles I write at The Gate is to start an interesting discussion in the hopes of keeping an open mind while arriving at viable solutions, Mnbska.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.