Appeals Court Rules Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

Last Updated on March 2, 2023

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, a federal appeals court rejected President Trump’s request to reinstate his revised executive order on immigration, or travel ban, saying it discriminated on the basis of religion. This ruling means that travelers from six countries (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) and refugees will be able to travel to the United States.

Chief Judge Roger Gregory said the travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” According to the Washington Post, “The next step for the Trump administration would be to ask the Supreme Court to stay the 4th Circuit’s decision. Such a request usually requires showing that the government would suffer irreparable harm if the lower court decision was allowed to stand. The passage of time since the executive order was first issued might make that difficult.”

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