WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court in San Francisco lifted a stay on most of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on entry by travelers from eight nations, most predominantly Muslim.
But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a stay on Trump’s executive order allowing relatives of U.S. citizens or legal residents to enter the country.
In the third iteration of Trump’s divisive travel ban, the president seeks to bar nationals from eight nations: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela (though that ban is limited primarichly to government officials).
In Hawaii v. Trump, the state argues Trump added two non-Muslim nations solely to mask the discriminatory, anti-Muslim intent of the ban.
Trump argues the ban is necessary to protect national security and keep terrorists out of the U.S.
The 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case Dec. 6, and the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take up the case in 2018.