US court largely upholds block on Trump’s travel ban
Appeals judges unconvinced that ‘Muslim ban’ order has security focus
File image of US president Donald Trump. File photograph: Peter Dejong/EPA
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday to keep largely in place a block on president Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for six Muslim-majority nations.
A majority of judges on the appeals court in a 10-3 decision said they were “unconvinced” the travel order had more to do with national security concerns than a “Muslim ban”.
The court also found the challengers were likely to suffer “irreparable harm” if the ban were implemented and that it might violate the US constitution.