US Justice Department defends Trump travel ban

    US Justice Department defends Trump travel ban

    Feb.7, Washington: The US Department of Justice has defended President Donald Trump's travel ban and urged an appeals court to reinstate it in the interests of national security.

    According to news report, a 15-page brief argued it was a "lawful exercise of the president's authority" and not a ban on Muslims. The executive order temporarily banned entry for all refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries.

    A hearing has been set for Tuesday on whether to allow or reject the ban.

    The filing was made to the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in response to the halting of Mr Trump's order on Friday by a federal judge in Washington state.

    The judge had argued the ban was unconstitutional and harmful to the state's interests.

    As a result, people from the seven countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - with valid visas were able to travel to the US again.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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