Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 13:37
US President Donald Trump has hinted that he will bring his proposed travel ban all the way to the Supreme Court after his plans suffered another setback in a federal court of appeals.
In the latest in a series of defeats for Trump’s travel ban, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Hawaiian court’s nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the ban Monday.
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Trump’s revised ban involves a 90-day suspension on nationals from six Muslim-majority countries and a 120-day suspension of the refugee program.
The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the president violated US immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality, and also failed to show that their entry into America would hurt the country’s interests.
On Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the decision. He also strongly hinted that he intends to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
This is the second federal appeals court to uphold a block on the ban. In late May, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled against the travel ban, affirming a Maryland court’s nationwide injunction. The administration has appealed that ruling to the supreme court.
The Supreme Court could rule on 4th and 9th Circuit rulings at any time. If five of the nine judges vote for a stay the travel ban could be reinstated immediately until the court hears the entire case.
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