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Federal appeals court suspends immigration order proceedings

[JURIST] [JURSIT] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday issued a stay [text, PDF] of proceedings concerning President Donald Trump's executive order [text] restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. Representatives from the Department of Justice had asked the court to "'hold its consideration of the case until the President issues the new Order.' The United States has further represented that it will inform the Court of any new developments." In a press conference at the White House [YouTube video], Trump stated he would issue a new order that would "comprehensively protect our country" by next week.

Trump's executive order has faced numerous legal challenges across the country. Earlier this month the Ninth Circuit upheld [JURIST report] a district court decision to block enforcement of the executive order nationwide. The appeals court said that Trump did "not show a likelihood of success" on the constitutional questions involved. The district court for the Eastern District of Virginia responded immediately to the executive order, issuing a temporary restraining order [text] against its enforcement the day after it was signed. A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia then granted a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] on Monday to the Commonwealth of Virginia, saying the state does not have to enforce Trump's executive order.

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