© Reuters. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speaks to the media at the United States District Court’s Ninth Circuit after seeking an extension after filing an amended lawsuit against President Donald Trump‘s new travel ban in Honolulu
By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Thursday appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii extending the suspension of President Donald Trump’s revised restrictions on travel from some Muslim-majority countries.
The appeal will be considered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, which last month upheld a stay of Trump’s first travel order.
Trump signed the revised ban earlier this month in an attempt to overcome legal problems with a January executive order that caused chaos at airports and sparked mass protests before a Washington judge halted its enforcement in February.
Trump has said the travel ban is necessary for national security.
Federal District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday converted an earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii.
The case challenged Trump’s travel directive as unconstitutional religious discrimination. Hawaii and other opponents of the ban say it is based on Trump’s campaign promise of “a complete and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
“The court will not crawl into a corner, close the shutters and pretend it has not seen what it has,” Watson wrote on Wednesday.
The Justice Department also asked a federal judge in Seattle Thursday to stay separate litigation filed by Washington state against Trump’s travel restrictions until after the Ninth Circuit rules on Hawaii’s appeal.
Additionally, earlier this month the Justice Department appealed a Maryland judge ruling against Trump’s revised executive order. That case will be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia.
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