US appeals courts to consider the legality of Trump’s latest travel ban

US appeals courts to consider the legality of Trump’s latest travel ban


US appeals courts to consider the legality
of Trump’s latest travel ban. Federal appeals courts in the states of Washington
and Virginia are set to hear arguments this week on the legality of President Donald Trump’s
most recent travel ban, which sharply limits visitors and immigrants from eight countries,
six of them Muslim-majority. Challengers, including the state of Hawaii
and immigrant advocacy organizations, have argued the ban is discriminatory and violates
the U.S. Constitution. The Trump administration says it is necessary
to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which
is based in San Francisco, will hold a hearing in Seattle, Washington on Dec. 6 and the Richmond,
Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has its hearing on Dec. 8. Soon after taking office in January, Trump
signed an order temporarily barring all refugees and visitors from seven predominately Muslim
countries. The decision led to chaos at airports and
numerous legal challenges and was eventually replaced by the administration with a second,
somewhat narrower order. When the second ban expired in September,
Trump replaced it with a presidential proclamation indefinitely restricting travel from Iran,
Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and barring certain government officials
from Venezuela. The administration said the restrictions were
put in place after a worldwide review of each country’s ability to issue reliable passports
and share data with the United States. After the most recent order was issued, the
same challengers who sued to stop the earlier bans went back to court. They said the new version still discriminates
against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuits did not dispute the restrictions
placed on Venezuela and North Korea. All refugees were temporarily barred as part
of Trump’s first order but were not addressed in the latest ban. Instead, under a separate directive issued
Oct. 24, refugees from 11 countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa now face additional
security screening. The government argues the president has broad
authority to decide who can come into the United States, but detractors say the expanded
ban violates a law forbidding the government from discriminating based on nationality when
issuing immigrant visas. The administration has repeatedly said the
ban is not discriminatory and pointed out that many Muslim-majority countries are unaffected
by it. Trump has made statements, however, that his
legal opponents say reinforce their contention that his actions are based in anti-Muslim
sentiments. Last week, for example, the president shared
on Twitter anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British party leader. In response to the tweet, Neal Katyal, attorney
for the State of Hawaii Tweeted: “Thanks! See you in court next week.”

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