14 states urge appeals court to reinstate travel ban

The state of Hawaii, in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban, requested [motion, PDF] on Tuesday that the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] sit for review of the case.

The federal court in Richmond will hear the case regarding the President's revised travel ban next month. In the 43-page decision, Chuang detailed many of Trump's comments about Muslims made on the campaign trail and concluded that while there were many significant changes in the second executive order - "the history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the objective of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban".

The Fourth Circuit appeal would normally be decided by a three-judge panel.

Whatever decisions the two appeals courts make could be appealed further to the Supreme Court, reports Politico.

That appeal seeks to overturn a ruling by a federal judge in Maryland that blocked the ban's prohibition on new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

The court polled its 15 judges and a majority agreed Monday to hear the case en banc, streamlining the appeals process.

Both parties agreed to skip the three-judge panel and go directly to the en banc hearing. Oral arguments the 4th Circuit case are scheduled for May 8.

  • Salvatore Jensen