Judge willing to hear government argument for Trump’s travel ban


In a turn of events, President Trump’s restructured travel ban does have a willing audience.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Virginia court will listen to the government’s arguments on a temporary travel ban regarding the suspended intake of immigrants from six Middle Eastern countries that have ties to terror.

The court’s lineup of judges will make itself available to the case after a judge in Maryland blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order from being established into law. The Trump administration is also fighting the ruling of a judge in Hawaii’s Ninth Circuit Court who issued a similar stay on the restricted travel, proceedings scheduled for May 15.

After a survey of the court’s 15 judges, the Fourth Circuit agreed to hear the case of the government in a manner of en banc, meaning all 15 judges will be present in the court. Such a session differs from the court selecting a few of its peers in overseeing the case.

The Fourth Circuit became more willing to hear the government’s side after a federal judge in Virginia sided with the Trump administration on the travel suspension.

As a way to avoid the Supreme Court and break a deadlock among the lower courts, the Fourth Circuit has scheduled the first proceedings for May 8.

The court order granting oral arguments can be found here.

H/T: The Hill

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