Appeals Court to Hear Trump Travel Ban 01/28 07:00
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's travel ban on travelers from
predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court.
On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear
arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents
whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban.
The appeals court is being asked to decide whether a federal judge in
Maryland made a mistake when he refused to dismiss the lawsuits, despite a 2018
U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The high court found in a separate
case that the ban has a "legitimate grounding in national security concerns."
The Justice Department argues that the high court's ruling effectively puts
an end to the legal challenges.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the Supreme Court rejected a preliminary
injunction to block the travel ban, but did not decide the merits of their
constitutional claims. They argue that the travel ban violates the First
Amendment's Establishment Clause prohibiting the government from favoring one
religion over another.
The Council on American Islamic Relations and other civil rights groups are
planning to hold a rally after the court hearing.