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Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

The federal court judge in Maryland issued a nationwide block on the ban's core provision concerning travel from the short list of countries, saying the order raised the prospect of religious bias against Muslims.

A federal appeals court in Virginia grilled the Trump administration over its attempts to institute a travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries, repeatedly asking why it should ignore President Trump's vows to institute a "Muslim ban" that would violate the First Amendment.

On March 15, a Federal District Court judge in Maryland blocked the travel ban, which was in its second iteration after the initial executive order faced a similar fate.

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Barbara Keenan questioned why there wasn't a specific link in the executive order between the people in the affected countries and a national security threat.

Also during the hearing, the Washington Examiner reported, Shedd pressed Jadwat for an answer as to how many times the president would need to apologize for his past remarks before his executive order would be deemed constitutional by the ACLU.

"It is an archived press statement from 16 months ago", Mr Wall said.

The crucial next stage in the legal battle over Donald Trump's attempt to ban entry to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries was to begin yesterday.

Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton will hear the Trump administration's appeal of Hawaii's so-far successful challenge to the president's travel ban that targets six predominantly Muslim countries.

Jeffrey Wall, the acting solicitor general, however, argued that Trump's statements about Muslims prior to taking office should not be considered evidence of discrimination. Ten of the remaining 13 judges were appointed by Democrats.

Wall said the temporary ban was meant to give the government time to evaluate whether people from the six countries were being subjected to adequate vetting to ensure they did not pose a security threat to the United States.

"Its text doesn't have to anything to do with religion", Wall argued on Monday as a number of judges peppered him with questions. It has since been revised and is being contested in court after a judge in Hawaii blocked it. "Do I understand that just in that circumstance, the executive order should be honored?"

The groups, represented by the Americans Civil Liberties Union, must prove specific people were harmed by the order, known as legal standing, leading to a tough line of questioning for the plaintiffs from Republican appointee Judge G. Steven Agee.

The U.S. government appealed both cases, one to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and one to the Ninth Circuit. Conflicting district court decisions could push the case to the U.S. Supreme Court more quickly.

The suit in front of the 4th Circuit on Monday was brought by several refugee rights organisations, along with individual plaintiffs who claim the executive order, if allowed to go into effect, would separate them from loved ones overseas, CNN reported.

The court was reviewing a Maryland federal judge's injunction against the executive order, which would prohibit US entry from the six nations for 90 days.

If the administration prevails in both the Virginia and San Francisco cases, the US will be free to temporarily halt issuance of visas to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. "This is not a Muslim ban", Wall asserted. They argued the travel ban has a negative effect on the state's economy, and would harm worldwide students and permanent residents. The Trump administration decided not to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court, opting to revoke the order and issue a new one.

Conservative Judge Paul Niemeyer pushed back at these assumptions.

Trump's order, a revision of a January 27 order that was also blocked by federal courts, would temporarily halt admissions of anyone from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as refugees fleeing violence and hardship in their home countries.


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