President Donald Trump’s executive order banning, or limiting, travel from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries is currently a mess.
On Friday, Boston U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton decided not to extend the temporary injunction against the travel ban. Later that same day, Seattle U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled to temporarily block the ban on travelers after requests from the states of Washington and Minnesota. So now the case travels to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, where a three-judge panel could rule today about the Justice Department’s stay request. And even after a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court, there’s a good chance that the case will go to the Supreme Court, which is still stalling at eight members.
While Washington and Minnesota are plaintiffs in the case, the mess of a ban has gathered particles of criticism from throughout the cultural landscape. Per Politico, Apple, Ebay, Facebook, Google and Twitter have even filed a joint brief with the appeals court asking them not to allow Trump to reinstate his ban. Below you can find a robust, though not complete, list of travel ban critics that includes tech companies, former secretaries of state, national security directors and former-President Barack Obama.
Travel Ban Critics
- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (Bill Clinton)
- Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden (George W. Bush)
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry (Barack Obama)
- Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (Barack Obama)
- Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Barack Obama)
- French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
- Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek