Parts of the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban have passed a federal appeals court in California, reinstating a temporary immigration ban against travelers from Muslim-majority countries, keeping them from entering the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, composed of a three-judge panel, countered an earlier lower court ruling that put the travel ban covering travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen on hold.
The Trump administration has made several attempts to enact a travel ban against Muslim-majority countries as well as nations considered a threat to national security. Its third iteration was issued in September, blocking travel from 11 different countries. But the State of Hawaii was quick to block the executive order, challenging it in court. Honolulu District Judge Derrick Watson presided the case against what he called a “prejudiced” travel ban, issuing a preliminary injunction that barred the ban from full enactment.
Neither Watson’s injunction nor the appellate ruling affect people from North Korea and Venezuela.