By Dan Levine
(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court said on Monday it would hold a hearing in May on an order by a federal judge in Hawaii that blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel restrictions for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit previously confirmed a Seattle judge’s blocking of Trump’s first travel order. The appeals court did not say Monday which three judges would preside over the latest appeal.
Trump signed the revised ban last month, in an attempt to overcome legal problems with his January executive order that caused chaos at airports and sparked mass protests before its enforcement was halted in February.
Trump has said the travel ban is necessary for national security.
The state of Hawaii challenged the revised 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 Justice Department also appealed a ruling by a Maryland judge against Trump’s revised executive order. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia scheduled a hearing in that case for May 8.
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