Listen: Appeals Court to Hear Travel Ban Arguments Today

All eyes on Richmond for court deliberation

A passenger from a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah arrives at Dulles International Airport on Jan. 29 to demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool file photo)
A passenger from a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah arrives at Dulles International Airport on Jan. 29 to demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool file photo)
Posted May 8, 2017 at 10:28am

RICHMOND, Va. — The Trump administration defends its revised travel ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on Monday — and you can listen in.

Public interest in the legal challenge is so high that the 4th Circuit took the unusual step of allowing live audio from the courtroom, where Justice Department officials will push back on a refugee assistance group’s argument that the ban unconstitutionally targets Muslims.

A federal judge in Maryland stopped the Trump administration from implementing the ban and government lawyers want that injunction lifted.

The live audio link can be found here and on the website for the 4th Circuit. The appeals court granted C-SPAN permission to provide pool access for the audio, and CNN News, CBS News and NBC News Washington have been granted permission to broadcast it live as well.

The case before the 4th Circuit is on track to be the first legal challenge to reach the Supreme Court on the revised travel ban. Trump’s revised order signed March 6 would stop the issuance of new U.S. visas to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for three months, suspend refugee inflows for four months and cut annual refugee admissions by half.

At stake is one of Trump’s big policy moves on a campaign promise to close down the United State’s borders to the country safer from terrorists.