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A woman holds a sign saying "welcome" in English and Arabic as demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's executive orders barring entry to the U.S. by Muslims from certain countries protest at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A federal appeals court upheld a block on Trump's revised travel ban


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld an injunction against President Trump's revised travel ban on Thursday, CNN reported. That decision comes after a lower court had also blocked Trump's immigration ban affecting six Muslim-majority countries.

The Richmond, Virginia-based court is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban, ABC News noted.

Roger L. Gregory, chief judge of the Fourth Circuit, said in the ruling that the president's power to deny entry to foreigners "is not absolute."

"It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation," Gregory said.

The revised travel ban surfaced in March after Trump's original travel ban, which affected seven Muslim-majority countries, was stonewalled by the judicial system. The revised ban never got off the ground, however, because federal courts had issued a temporary injunction hours before it would have gone into effect.

The revised immigration ban would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.

The ACLU celebrated the decision.

The Maryland case was brought forth by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of organizations and Americans who feared that the ban would have prevented them from being reunited with family members from the banned countries. 

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