THRICIA SAINTIL / NEWS TEAM
The US justice department urged an appeals court on Tuesday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban in the interests of national security.
The ban limits travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, and it bars the arrival of all refugees into the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle put a temporary restraining order on that policy last Friday, and that restraining order still stands for now.
Justice Department lawyers declared in a 15-page brief, that the executive order was “a lawful exercise of the President’s authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees.”
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel at the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over the phone from attorneys representing Washington state and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The current issue before the appeals court is a question of whether the restraining order issued by a lower court should be upheld while litigation over the travel ban’s legality continues, or if the courts should overturn Robart’s order to reinstate the travel ban.
In a statement issued just hours before the hearing, the appeals panel said “a ruling is not expected to come down today, but probably this week.”