Court to decide on Trump travel ban

Ban prohibits entry into U.S. from 6 Muslim-majority countries

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from six predominately Muslim countries is going before an appeals court in Virginia Monday.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is reviewing the case to see whether the president can enforce the travel ban.

Two months ago, a federal judge in Maryland decided to freeze the revised ban, which prohibits people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia from entering the country for 90 days. Such a ban hurts the Northampton refugee resettlement program, and Ludlow resident Melanie Fontaine told 22News it could hurt the nation as a whole.

“I just worry about the fact that we could be burning our bridges in a sense of- what if we had to leave, and other countries are saying: ‘well, you didn’t take in our refugees,’” Fontaine said.

The Trump Administration will try to convince 13 judges that the travel ban was motivated by national security concerns, and not religious bias.

The case could ultimately be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.