President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries faces a key legal test on Monday before a U.S. appeals court in Virginia, as his administration aims to convince a federal appeals court that the action was motivated by national security concerns not religious bias.
The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was set to hear an hour of arguments in the administration’s appeal of a March 15 ruling by Maryland-based federal judge Theodore Chuang putting the travel ban on hold a day before it was due to go into effect.
The Republican president’s travel ban also was blocked by federal judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii in a separate legal challenge. An earlier version of the ban was also blocked by the courts.
Protesters critical of the travel ban gathered outside the courthouse under sunny skies, holding signs saying “Immigrants and refugees enrich America” and “No ban, no wall, no white supremacy.”