Lawyers of controversial US President Donald Trump have asked a U.S. court to quickly hear its appeal of a ruling that blocked the president’s revised travel ban which is still being criticised in many quarters.
on Wednesday, Trump’s lawyers filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia in which they argued that the matter is one of national importance and should be reviewed as soon as possible.
Recall a week ago that the revised travel ban signed into law by Trump was put on hold by a judge in Hawaii.
US District Judge Derrick Watson also issued an emergency halt to the order, just hours before it was set to go into effect.
In his arguement, Watson said the new order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Ismail Elshikh, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the ban will prevent his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting.
Watson concluded in his ruling that while the order did not mention Islam by name, “a reasonable, objective observer … would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavour a particular religion”.
Recall that days after the state of Hawaii filed an amended lawsuit to stop Trump’s revised travel ban at a federal court in Honolulu, several other states such as Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon and New York followed suit.
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