On Wednesday, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments (video of full arguments) in State of Hawaii v. Trump, a challenge to President Trump’s third travel ban Proclamation. In the case a Hawaii federal district court– without reaching the Establishment Clause question– issued a nation-wide temporary restraining order barring enforcement of most portions of this latest, more focused, version of President Trump’s travel ban.  The court (See prior posting.)  The Hill reports on the arguments.Yesterday, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, heard two hours of arguments (audio of full arguments) in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, another challenge to the same travel ban Proclamation.  In the case, a Maryland federal district court held that the Proclamation violates provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act that prohibit denial of immigrant visas on the basis of nationality, and that, like the prior two bans, the third travel ban also violates the Establishment Clause. (See prior posting.)  The Hill reports on the arguments.Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the preliminary injunction while appeals are pending in both cases.  (See prior posting.)

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