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The appeals court of Virginia has ruled that the travel ban of Donald Trump on six Muslim-majority countries unlawfully discriminates against the Muslims.
The4th US Circuit Court of Appeals that is based in Richmond said that the ban violates the Constitution of the United States by discriminating on the basis of religion.
After a 9-4 vote, it became the second federal appeals court to rule against the said ban, which the Trump announced last September.
The US Supreme Court has permitted the ban to go into effect while litigation that is challenging it continues.
The 4th Circuit ruling went farther than the earlier decision that was made by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that is based in San Franciso, which said that the ban violated the law on federal immigration but failed to address the question of whether the ban violated the Constitution.
The Supreme Court already has already said that it will consider both issues in its decision regarding the legality of the said ban in the coming months.
The justices are scheduled to hear arguments regarding the ban in April and announce a ruling by the end of June.
The court reviewed statements that were made by Trump and other officials of the administration, as well as the said ban itself, and said that it is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” wrote Roger Gregory, the 4th Circuit Chief Judge, in the ruling.
The ban that was imposed by President Trump is the third version that he has issued since assuming office in January of last year. It prevents entry into the United States of America of most people from Iran, Chad, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Syria.
Trump has said that the policy is required to protect the United States from terrorism that is spread by Islamic militants.