A man holds an umbrella during a protest in Seattle May 15 against President Donald Trump's travel ban. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Virginia, issued a 10-3 ruling May 25 to uphold a Maryland federal court's injunction against the temporary ban. (CNS photo/David Ryder, Reuters)
RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, issued a 10-3 ruling May 25 to uphold a Maryland federal court's injunction against President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban.
Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory said: "Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power 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."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
"President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe," Sessions said in a statement. "The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the decision of the divided court, which blocks the president's efforts to strengthen this country's national security. As the dissenting judges explained, the executive order is a constitutional exercise of the president's duty to protect our communities from terrorism."
He added that the president "is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States."