Court denies Justice request to immediately reinstate Trump's travel ban

A protester demonstrates against Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the US at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. (Brandon Wade, AP)
A protester demonstrates against Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the US at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. (Brandon Wade, AP)

San Francisco - A federal appeals court has denied the Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump's ban on certain travelers and all refugees.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked both the state of Washington and the Trump administration early on Sunday to file more arguments by Monday afternoon.

The Trump administration appealed a federal judge's ruling that temporarily placed the ban on hold. The higher court's denial of an immediate stay means legal battles over the ban will continue into the coming week at least.

Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco forcefully argued in the government's brief on Saturday night that presidential authority is "largely immune from judicial control" when it comes to deciding who can enter or stay in the United States.

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