A federal appeals court is hearing arguments late Wednesday afternoon over President Trump’s third attempt to implement a travel ban on foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries.
The case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes from a federal court in Hawaii where Judge Derrick K. Watson has ruled against all three versions of Trump’s travel ban and sought to block the ban’s implementation. The Supreme Court on Monday lifted Watson’s blockade of Trump’s ban, allowing it to be fully enforced.
Watson ruled in October that the Trump administration’s newest effort to enact a travel ban violated federal immigration law and “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.”
Trump’s third ban added Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela to the list of countries affected by the travel ban, but the Hawaii federal judge did not include travel from North Korea or Venezuela in his ruling. Watson sought only to address travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen in his order.
Following Wednesday’s arguments over the travel ban, another federal appeals court will hear arguments over the ban Friday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments over a Maryland judge’s block of the travel ban. The Supreme Court also lifted the Maryland judge’s blockade of Trump’s ban.