Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments on Trump's Travel Ban Today

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Feb 07, 2017 8:32 AM
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments on Trump's Travel Ban Today

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments Tuesday over whether to reinstate President Trump’s temporary travel ban.

The filing with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals came three days after a federal judge in Washington state halted Trump's order and granted a nationwide stay.

The Justice Department said U.S. District Judge James Robart's order was "vastly overbroad" and said Trump's 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."

The appeals court refused to immediately reinstate the ban, and lawyers for Washington and Minnesota -- two states challenging it -- argued anew on Monday that any resumption would "unleash chaos again," separating families and stranding university students.

Each side will make 30-minute arguments over the phone, which will be live audio streamed on the court’s website.

Regardless of the outcome, either side could ask the Supreme Court to intervene.