Panel hears ar­gu­ments on travel ban chal­lenge

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION | NATIONAL REPORT -

SEAT­TLE >> Three fed­eral ap­peals court judges who blocked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond travel ban ear­lier this year had some skep­ti­cal ques­tions about his third and lat­est set of re­stric­tions on trav­el­ers from six mostly Mus­lim nations dur­ing oral ar­gu­ments on Wed­nes­day.

Ninth U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals Judges Ron­ald Gould, Richard Paez and Michael Hawkins heard ar­gu­ments in Seat­tle on Hawaii’s chal­lenge to the ban. The hear­ing came two days af­ter the U.S. Supreme Court al­lowed the re­stric­tions to go into ef­fect.

Deputy As­sis­tant At­tor­ney General Hashim Moop­pan ar­gued courts lack au­thor­ity over claims the pres­i­dent is vi­o­lat­ing im­mi­gra­tion law. What if the pres­i­dent barred any non-cit­i­zen, Gould asked. Moop­pan said even that couldn’t be re­viewed by the courts.

Paez ques­tioned the le­git­i­macy of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s en­tire ra­tio­nale for the re­stric­tions.

Gould said the panel would rule “as soon as prac­ti­cal.”

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