US appeals court maintains suspension of Trump travel ban

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to restore Donald Trump’s controversial executive order closing US borders to refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, dealing the new president a major defeat.

“We hold that the government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled.

The three-judge panel unanimously denied the government’s request to reinstate the measure on an emergency basis, meaning a lower court suspension of the travel ban put in place by a lower federal court stands for now.

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