Washington (CNN)The day after the Pulse nightclub in Orlando became the site of the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11, then-candidate Donald Trump reiterated his plans to cut off Syrian refugees from the US, produced the latest iteration of his Muslim ban and previewed his calls for extreme vetting of visitors from Muslim-majority countries.
Never mind that the attack’s perpetrator, Omar Mateen, was born in New York. The Pulse nightclub shooting was another terrorist attack, and another opportunity for Trump — as he did in the wake of the attack in San Bernardino, California, and others — to pick up on the fears gripping the country and give him the bump in the polls he argued terrorist attacks could deliver.
One year later, Trump remembered the attacks on Twitter, writing: “We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting.”
But the policies he proposed in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting that claimed those lives have yet to become a reality — and a federal appeals court Monday dealt its latest repudiation of Trump’s attempt to “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies,” as he promised to do a year ago in reaction to the Orlando attack.
Trump followed through on that pledge in the first week of his presidency, issuing an executive order that banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from the US, but that order was quickly blocked by federal courts that deemed it unconstitutional, prompting Trump and his administration to issue a revised order, which has also been blocked and is now headed for the Supreme Court.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the revised order “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”
But even if the revised order gets reinstated by the Supreme Court, Trump’s pledge to indefinitely keep Syrian refugees from the United States likely won’t ever…