Another Activist Judge Strikes Blow to Trump Travel Ban

A Virginia-based federal appeals court on Thursday ruled against the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban affecting residents of six majority-Muslim countries ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected decision in the case this year.

In a 9-4 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said it examined statements made by Trump and other administration officials, as well as the ban itself, and concluded that it is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam.” It follows the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco issuing a similar ruling late last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already said it will consider the issue of the ban in April, with a ruling expected by late June.

Trump’s third version of an executive order – sometimes referred to as “travel ban 3.0”– restricts entry into the United States from six mostly Muslim nations but also includes North Korea and certain Venezuelan government officials.