Trump Admin Asks Fourth Circuit to Speed Ruling on Immigration Ban

Posted: Mar 22, 2017 2:30 PM

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA is reviewing the Trump administration's revised immigration ban. Specifically, the court is tasked with considering the administration's wish to overturn Maryland Judge Theodore Chuang's injunction against the executive order earlier this month. Justice Department attorneys asked the court on Wednesday to speed the process, as well as issue a stay on the injunction as the case proceeds.

"This case presents constitutional and statutory issues of nationwide significance," federal government lawyers wrote in the newly-filed motion. "The district court here enjoined the President and government agencies from enforcing a key provision of the Order, which is designed to protect national security, an interest that this Court has recognized as paramount."

In addition to Maryland, a Hawaii-based judge also ruled against the new travel order. The administration has not yet filed an appeal to that challenge. These rulings come after several judges challenged the first executive order on the grounds it was a discriminatory religious test.

The revised order exempts green card holders and took Iraq off the list of temporarily banned nations. The remaining six include Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iran.