Trump administration goes to SF court to appeal travel ban block

The Department of Justice has appealed the ruling from a federal judge in Hawaii that blocked Trump's revised travel ban indefinitely.

The rulings in Hawaii and Maryland said Trump's executive order discriminated against Muslims and cited his campaign promises to suspend Muslim travel to the evidence of his order's anti-Muslim bias.

The Department of Justice alerted the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that it would appeal the judge's ruling.

The Trump administration is appealing a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Trump's revised travel ban.

A judge in Hawaii has extended his previous block of Trump's travel ban. That order blocked only the 90-day suspension of entry into the US of any foreign nationals from six Mideast nations.

"The next move is theirs", Hawaii's attorney general said of the Department of Justice, adding that the government would likely appeal.

The ruling won't be suspended if the government appeals, Watson said.

"The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has", Judge Watson wrote.

Authorities in Hawaii consider as discriminatory and detrimental to the economy of the territory the order signed by the president on March 6, which is a version of another directive passed in January and which was also stopped in court.

The appeal notice in the 9th Circuit comes a day after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson maintained his freeze on Trump's travel ban by taking the technical step of converting his temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction. Watson is stopping the government from enforcing both provisions until he orders otherwise.

Finally, the judge turned down a government request to block only the suspension of immigration from the six listed nations, concluding that "the entirety of the executive order runs afoul" of the Constitution's ban on religious favoritism.

The best-case scenario for the administration, at this point, is for the Fourth Circuit to overturn the Maryland judge's order and rule in Trump's favor. The Richmond, Virginia-based court will hear arguments May 8. It maintained the 120-day ban on all USA admission of refugees, those fleeing violence or persecution in their homeland, but removed a provision giving future preference to refugees from minority religions, which Trump had said was meant to help Christians from Muslim nations.

Civil rights groups, immigration advocacy organizations and almost a dozen states fought back, arguing that the revised travel ban was simply "Muslim Ban 2.0" and contained the same fatal flaws as the first.

The president's revised ban signed on March 6 had a reduced scope, exempting permanent United States residents and valid visa holders - an effort by the administration to help it pass legal muster.

Trump has vowed to continue fighting legal challenges to his order, taking them up to the Supreme Court if necessary. Under a proposed schedule, a hearing would be set for after 28 April, when the final written arguments would be due.



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