A second federal appeals court ruled against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Monday, the New York Times reports.
The ruling was made in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, dealing yet another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict travel and immigration from Muslim-majority countries. On May 25, a similar decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia.
Monday’s ruling affirmed the Federal District Court in Hawaii’s March ruling, in which Judge Derrick K. Watson ruled that Mr. Trump’s revised executive order on immigration and travel violated the Constitution. The judge argued that the order targeted Muslims and therefore contravened the Constitution’s ban on a government establishment of religion.
It would be recalled that the American president’s original travel ban, signed in January, was blocked by a Ninth Circuit court in February. The revised ban relaxed the suspension of entry from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and Syria and omitted Iraq from the list of affected countries.