The states said Trump’s travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities. Citing Trump’s campaign promise to stop Muslims from entering the U.S., they said the ban unconstitutionally blocked entry to people based on religion.
Both sides faced tough questioning during an hour of arguments Tuesday conducted by phone … an unusual step that was broadcast live on cable networks, newspaper websites and social media. It attracted a huge audience.
The judges hammered away at the Trump administration’s claim that the ban was motivated by terrorism fears, but they also challenged the states’ argument that it targeted Muslims.