A federal appeals court early Sunday denied the Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s order restricting refugees and travelers from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The ruling came just hours after the department filed an emergency motion to stay the order by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart of Seattle that halted the implementation of restrictions that Trump’s order imposed nationwide.
The denial means travelers restricted under the order can continue coming to the United States while the legal battles continue.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked challengers of the ban to respond to the appeal and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.
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