“Second appeals court rules against Trump travel ban 3.0”


“A second federal appeals court has ruled against President Donald Trump's latest travel ban executive order, but the decision has already been overtaken by action at the Supreme Court.

“The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, 9-4, that the Trump directive limiting visitors from six majority-Muslim countries and two other nations is likely unconstitutional because it was driven by anti-Muslim animus.

“The judges' split fell largely along party lines and divided the court in nearly the same fashion as the decision the same judges issued, 10-3, last May against an earlier version of Trump's travel restrictions.

“‘Plaintiffs offer undisputed evidence that the President of the United States has openly and often expressed his desire to ban those of Islamic faith from entering the United States. The Proclamation is thus not only a likely Establishment Clause violation, but also strikes at the basic notion that the government may not act based on religious animosity,’ the court's majority held in an opinion from Chief Judge Roger Gregory…

“…Last October, the Supreme Court voted, 7-2, to allow Trump's latest order to take full effect despite a partial injunction against it. The justices agreed in January to hear the case this term. It's expected to be argued in April, but the argument has not yet been scheduled.”

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