Re­quest to de­lay travel-ban case de­nied

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SEAT­TLE — A fed­eral ap­peals court on Mon­day de­nied a re­quest from the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment to put Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s travel ban case on hold un­til he is­sues a new ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals did not give an ex­pla­na­tion for its rul­ing but ex­tended un­til next week the dead­line for the gov­ern­ment to file its open­ing ap­peal brief.

A lower court tem­po­rar­ily blocked Trump’s or­der af­ter Wash­ing­ton state and Minnesota sued to stop it. The or­der banned trav­el­ers from seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries and paused the U.S. refugee pro­gram.

Trump has said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing on a new travel ban that ad­dresses some of the con­sti­tu­tional con­cerns that crit­ics have raised.

White House Press Sec­re­tary Sean Spicer said the gov­ern­ment would still de­fend the ap­peals case “be­cause we were right the first time.”

“While the new ex­ec­u­tive or­der at­tempts to ad­dress the court’s con­cerns that they made, the goal is ob­vi­ously to main­tain the way that we did it the first time be­cause we be­lieve that the law is very clear about giv­ing the pres­i­dent the author­ity that he needs to pro­tect the coun­try,” Spicer said.

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