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Judge Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush nominee, asked an attorney representing Washington state and Minnesota what evidence he had that canada goose factory sale the ban was motivated by religion. The two states are suing to invalidate the ban.

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Clifton also went after the government’s attorney, asking whether he denied statements by Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who said recently that Trump asked him to create a plan for a Muslim ban. Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, asked why the case should not move forward to determine what motivated the ban.

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Flentje told the judges that the case was moving fast and the government had not yet included evidence to support the ban. who, he said, had been scrubsuniforms.ca connected to the al Shabab terrorist group. for more than a week and tested the new administration’s use of executive power.

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The government asked the appeals court to restore Trump’s order, saying that the president alone has the power uk canada goose outlet to decide who can enter or stay in the United States. Several states insist that it is unconstitutional.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap If the case does end up before the Supreme Court, it could prove difficult to find the necessary five votes to undo a lower court Canada Goose sale order. The Supreme Court has been at less than full strength since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death a year ago. The last immigration case that reached the justices ended in a 4 4 tie. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose clearance sale How and when a case might get to the Canada Goose Outlet Supreme Court is unclear. canada goose black friday sale The travel ban itself is to expire in 90 days, meaning it could run its course before a higher court takes up the issue. Or the administration could change it in any number of ways that would keep the issue alive canada goose clearance sale.

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