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President Donald Trump signed a controversial executive order on Jan. 27 that, among other things, suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, as well as visa issuance to “nationals of countries of particular concern.”

The order cited “numerous foreign-born individuals” that “have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program” as its primary driving factor.

On Feb. 3, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order that halted that order. The legal fight has now moved to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Monday, the White House issued its defense of the executive order to the 9th Circuit. Read that rebuttal below.


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