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Professor Jamie Cooper Responds to Blocking of Trump"s "Muslim Ban"

The day after President Trump’s immigration ban was federally overturned, California Western School of Law Professor James Cooper offered his expertise in immigration law to a number of local news sources.

During his first week in the White House, the president ordered a 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. from seven predominantly-Muslim countries and a 120-day ban on entry of Syrian refugees.

The Justice Department appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, which heard oral arguments earlier this week. The decision came down late yesterday afternoon when a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit released its unanimous ruling upholding the lower district court decision to uphold the ban.

What happens next? According to Cooper, the Trump administration will likely appeal. After all, President Trump responded to the Ninth Circuit decision by tweeting “SEE YOU IN COURT.”

What will happen in the meantime? “There will still be chaos at our borders and ports of entry,” Cooper says. “Thousands of visas have been canceled and reinstated—throwing travelers’ plans into disarray and US businesses and colleges reliant on foreigners to work and to study in their respective institutions to lose valuable people and time.”

Professor James Cooper is Director of California Western’s International Legal Studies program: