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The DOJ filed a brief with the federal appeals court in Trump's immigration order

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A panel of judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST to determine whether to restore the Trump administration's executive order on immigration, which U.S. District Judge James Robart temporarily put on hold last week. 


CNN reports that the hour-long hearing, which will be conducted by phone, will determine the fate of Trump's executive order which temporarily banned immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. 

"The Executive Order is a lawful exercise of the President's authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees," Justice Department lawyers wrote. 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in San Francisco, has a reputation for being one of the most liberal in the nation, according to CNN.

They will determine whether Trump overstepped his authority as president and violated the First Amendment. 

Last week, the attorneys general for Washington and Minnesota challenged Trump's executive order. They argued the temporary hold should remain in effect, saying the initial order "unleashed chaos." 

They also argued that the executive order violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, saying it makes it appear that the government prefers one religion over another.

The Justice Department fired back saying that people without United States citizenship have "no substantive right or basis for judicial review in the denial of a visa at all," The Washington Post reports. 

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