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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has unanimously ruled to uphold the suspension of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said Washington state proved it had the legal right to bring the lawsuit over the ban by alleging its universities would suffer harm — one of the questions that the judges considered.
Universities had complained about students and faculty being stranded overseas.
The court rejected the Trump administration's claim that it did not have the authority to review the president's executive order. "There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy," the court said.
The appeals panel said the government presented no evidence to explain the urgent need for the executive order to take effect immediately. The judges noted compelling public interests on both sides.