Trump travel ban blocked as lawsuits mount for 'violation of US Constitution'

2017-10-25 08:20
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(AP/Evan Vucci)

(AP/Evan Vucci)

Honolulu— The Trump travel ban has taken a hit as hit as US District Court Judges and Maryland Judge stand up against the policy.

UPDATE: Critics say Trump's new travel ban remains a 'Muslim ban'

Fight against the travel ban

The Trump administration is appealing a ruling by a Maryland judge who became the second to block the latest travel ban. Attorneys for the federal government filed a notice in court on 20 October saying they're appealing the decision to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. US District Court Judge Theodore Chuang blocked the travel restrictions hours after US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii made the same decision. Government lawyers on 24 October appealed Watson's order to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Three lawsuits filed in Maryland alleged that restricting travel for citizens of predominantly Muslim countries violates the US Constitution.The White House has said the rulings thwart Trump's efforts to keep the American people safe.

Below is an image of US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii. 

Source: Associated Press

The Trump administration is appealing a Hawaii judge's order that blocks the newest version of the travel ban.

Attorneys for the US government filed court papers on 24 October, saying they are taking the case to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court has blocked both of Trump's previous bans.

US District Judge Derrick Watson put President Donald Trump's latest set of restrictions on hold just hours before they were to take effect last week, ruling that the policy has the same problems as its predecessor. The third version of the ban targets travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

The White House has said the ruling thwarts Trump's efforts to keep the American people safe.

UPDATE: Travel ban lawsuits filed by legal centre, Muslim advocates 

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