by Itunuoluwa Adebo
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments on Monday over President Trump’s ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. This is the second of such review of Trump’s directive over the past week.
A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up entirely of judges appointed former President Bill Clinton, will review a Hawaii judge’s ruling that blocked parts of the Republican president’s revised executive order on travel.
Trump’s second effort at crafting the order was intended to overcome the legal problems posed by the original ban, but was also suspended by judges before it could go into effect on March 16. The first order issued on Jan. 27, led to chaos and protests at airports before being blocked by courts.
Hawaiin District Judge Derrick Watson blocked the 90-day entry restriction on people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as part of the order that suspended entry of refugee applicants for 120 days. Last week, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia reviewed a Maryland judge’s ruling that blocked the 90-day entry restrictions. A ruling has not yet been released.
Trump’s attempt to limit travel was one of his first major acts in office, backed by the argument that the United States needs to up her national security measures. The fate of the ban is one indication of whether the Republican can carry out his promises to be tough on immigration and national security. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to be the ultimate decider, but the high court is not expected to take up the issue for several months.