President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries is being challenged in court, with an appeals court ruling that the executive order violates the U.S. Constitution.
Trump, whose administration has faced multiple legal challenges from the left and right, has called the executive action a “massive overreach.”
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the ban violates the Constitution because it targets Muslims.
The appeals court said Trump’s executive order would discriminate against U.K. nationals based on their religion.
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last month to urge all countries to rescind Trump’s order, but Trump’s administration has repeatedly denied that it discriminates against Muslims.
In a statement, the White House said the decision was “not surprising” and noted that the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in a similar case “provides a clear and unambiguous basis for our travel ban.”
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to Guam in March to monitor North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.