President Donald Trumps travel ban faced its toughest test yet Tuesday as a panel of appeals court judges hammered away at the administrations claim that the ban was motivated by terrorism fears while also directing pointed questions to the opposing attorney, who challenged the executive order on grounds that it unconstitutionally targeted Muslims.
The contentious hearing before three judges on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals focused narrowly on whether a restraining order issued by a lower court should remain in effect while a challenge to the ban proceeds. But the judges also jumped into the larger constitutional questions surrounding Trumps order, which temporarily suspended the nations refugee program and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries that have raised terrorism concerns.
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