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Appeals Court to Hear Trump Travel Ban 01/28 07:00

   RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's travel ban on travelers from 
predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court. 

   On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear 
arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents 
whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. 

   The appeals court is being asked to decide whether a federal judge in 
Maryland made a mistake when he refused to dismiss the lawsuits, despite a 2018 
U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The high court found in a separate 
case that the ban has a "legitimate grounding in national security concerns."

   The Justice Department argues that the high court's ruling effectively puts 
an end to the legal challenges.

   Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the Supreme Court rejected a preliminary 
injunction to block the travel ban, but did not decide the merits of their 
constitutional claims. They argue that the travel ban violates the First 
Amendment's Establishment Clause prohibiting the government from favoring one 
religion over another.

   The Council on American Islamic Relations and other civil rights groups are 
planning to hold a rally after the court hearing.


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