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Appeals court hears arguments over Trump travel ban

On Tuesday evening, three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on President Trump's travel ban, with an attorney representing the Trump administration saying the executive order temporarily barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States was valid under the Constitution, and asking that the court rule a federal judge was wrong last week when he suspended the ban.

The case against the administration was brought by the states of Minnesota and Washington, and Noah Purcell, the solicitor general for the state of Washington, said the court must serve "as a check on executive abuses," and Trump is "asking this court to abdicate that role here. The court should decline that invitation." Before the hearing, the court said it will most likely make a ruling this week, but not on Tuesday.