Three weeks ago, a federal judge in Honolulu blocked President Donald Trump’s revised order on immigration. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin hailed the ruling, but the Trump administration appealed it.
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The Trump administration appealed Watson’s ruling Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that it “strongly disagrees” with Watson’s ruling.
The 9th Circuit, which ruled against the original travel ban in February, granted the Trump administration’s appeal, setting an expedited schedule to complete the filings by April 28.
Meanwhile, Watson on Monday suspended all proceedings in Hawaii’s lawsuit while the appeal in the 9th Circuit is pending.
A three-judge panel of the appeals court will hold a hearing next month, but the court has not set a date or specified if the same panel that issued the February ruling will hear this appeal.
It appears unlikely that the hearing will be held sooner than the week of May 15, given that lead attorneys for both parties aren’t available during the first two weeks of next mont.
That means the 9th Circuit’s decision is unlikely to come before a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is set to hold a hearing Mary 8 over a similar injunction issued by a Maryland judge.
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