Court sets schedule for travel ban appeal

Posted April 05, 2017

On Monday, the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that an appeal of a Hawaii-based judge's order blocking key aspects of Trump's directive will go before a three-judge panel of the appeals court in May, Politico news reported.

A federal appeals court will hear the Trump Administration's appeal of his revised travel ban next month.

A brief order from the court said a hearing would be held some time in May.

Ruling in a Washington state case, the 9th Circuit refused in February to reinstate Trump's initial travel ban.

But the revised ban excludes any green card holders and those traveling on valid visas. A hearing on that appeal is also set for May.

In its amended lawsuit, the state of Hawaii had argued that the new executive order on travel ban doesn't change much and violates the right to freedom of religion.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled against the travel ban three weeks ago, putting it on hold nationwide with a temporary restraining order and then extending his ruling last week with a preliminary injunction.

According to the motion, it would be helpful to know the outcome of the appeal before proceeding in the lawsuit.

There has not yet been a response from Hawaii's State Attorney General's office on the request.