A federal appeals court ruled unanimously to block Trump’s immigration ban, upholding the decision of the federal judge who blocked the ban a few days ago.

If the decision is appealed by the Justice Department, it is unlikely to prevail. At present, the court is divided, 4-4, liberal-conservative. And there is a good chance that the US Supreme Court would rule unanimously against a ban so clearly based on religion. The justices know the Constitution.

The American system of government is based on separation of powers and checks and balances to prevent authoritarian rule. Our democracy scored a victory today.