Appeals court: Trump exceeded authority with travel ban

December 23, 2017 - 7:37 pm

A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that President Donald Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban.

However, that decision has been put on hold pending review by Supreme Court, meaning the ban involving six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect.

The ruling says simply being from one of the countries cited in Trump's ban does not necessarily make someone a security risk. 

The circuit court judges focused on whether Trump had made a required finding that the entry of people affected by the ban would be detrimental to U.S. interests.

Trump's proposed ban would make it harder for people from  Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen to come to the United States.  It also blocks travel by North Koreans along with some Venezuelan government officials and their families, although those parts of the restrictions are not at issue in the courts.

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