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News Posted on February 16, 2017

Professor Chin Comments on Ninth Circuit Immigration Order for Sacramento Bee

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin commented for the Sacramento Bee on a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit order leaving in place a federal court stay blocking implementation of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Assuming the federal government does not seek en banc review at the Ninth Circuit, the case will go back to U.S. District Judge James L. Robart in Seattle, where a contentious legal battle would be expected.

Professor Chin said that Judge Robart could preclude an evidentiary hearing by deciding whether the executive order is discriminatory on its face. Chin said the judge will be moving onto “very, very tricky terrain” if he sides with the state of Washington’s lawyers that the president’s thinking needs to be investigated.

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and holder of the Edward L. Barrett Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.