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Berks GOP chair, Islamic Center of Reading react to court's ruling

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READING, Pa. - A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled unanimously to not reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The president wasted no time firing back on Twitter writing, "SEE YOU IN COURT! THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

Locally, Joe Rudderow, the chairman of the Berks County Republican Committee, expressed his disappointment with the ruling.

In a statement to 69 News, Rudderow said:

"We are deeply disappointed in the appeals court in San Francisco and [its] decision not to reinstate the executive order signed by President Trump, but we are not in the least bit surprised. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the most liberal judiciary in the nation, conveniently situated in a “sanctuary city” that is arguably the most liberal city in these United States. It’s a shame that this court has decided to pander to the left coast and play politics with the security of our nation. Equally not as surprising is the fact that two of the judges who ruled were appointed by Presidents Obama and Carter.

"The fight to protect this country’s national security interests does not stop here. It’s on to the Supreme Court where we are confident the highest court in the land will reinstate the ban. It’s unfortunate that this one executive order signed by President Trump is the subject of so much misreporting by dishonest media outlets. Where were they when many of the 276 executive orders signed by the previous administration, systematically eroded the rights of millions of Americans?"

The Islamic Center of Reading praised the court's decision.

In a statement to 69 News, the center wrote:

"Thank God for checks and balances in America. Muslims get victimized over and over by terrorism. We understand and support the need for national security, at the same time, we are a nation of laws. It is unconstitutional to paint followers of any faith with a broad brush."


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