President Trump signed an executive order Monday ordering new travel restrictions for residents of six Muslim-majority countries as well as a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. This directive comes after Trump's original executive order was rebuked in the federal courts.
The new ban, which takes effect March 16, halts travel for 90 days for residents of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The refugee suspension will last 120 days.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to issue an opinion today on President Trump's travel ban.
"An order will be filed in this case before the close of business today," David J. Madden, assistant circuit executive, wrote in an email.
The court is deciding on a request from the Department of Justice to stay a Seattle federal judge's restraining order last week that halted enforcement of Trump's travel restrictions nationwide.
Government lawyers have asked three judges on the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to in effect reinstate the moratorium on travel. Lawyers from Washington and Minnesota, which sued the Trump administration, have argued the travel ban hurts their residents and economies and amounts to religious discrimination against Muslims.
The Trump administration has said the moratorium is necessary to protect against terrorism until more stringent vetting measures on new arrivals can be put into place.
The 9th Circuit will not be deciding on the constitutionality of Trump's executive order but only whether it should be enforced while litigation over it proceeds.