Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

Appeals court hears travel ban case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WWBT) - A federal appeals court appeared skeptical as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward.

Judges on Tuesday noted there has already been a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban.

The 2017 ban sparked an international outcry from advocates who said it was rooted in religious bias.

The Trump Administration says the issue is national security, not anti-Muslim bias.

“I understand that these fights take a long time, and ultimately, this country will decide, just as Americans three years ago flooded airports and stood up to let us know they don’t stand for this ban,” Plaintiff Mana Kharazzi said.

Kharazzi says the ban prevents her from seeing her Iranian family.

“I need us to understand that this era of hatred plaguing our country is going to end, every single one of us is playing a part in how long that chapter will last,” Kharazzi said.

The Justice Department wants the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lawsuits.

They cite a Supreme Court ruling in a separate case that found the travel ban has a “legitimate grounding in national security concerns."

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