Panel hears arguments on travel ban challenge
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.”