Today, attorneys representing Washington state and the U.S. Department of Justice are presenting oral arguments to try to sway a panel of three federal judges deciding the fate of President Trump’s temporary immigration ban.
The hearing, which will take place over the phone, is a crucial step in the case’s journey to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s attorneys are seeking to undo a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that Judge James Robart issued in Seattle Friday. The order immediately halted implementation of a 90-day travel ban that sought to prevent immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Washington state brought the case shortly after Trump’s executive order went into effect and Minnesota later joined as a plaintiff. Over the past two weeks, 17 additional states and more than 100 companies — including tech giants Microsoft, Google, Uber, Expedia, and Amazon — have filed amicus briefs supporting Washington and Minnesota.
Audio of hearing is live-streaming above and we’ll be live-blogging the proceedings as they unfold.
Update, 4:15 p.m.: The hearing has ended, but you can listen to the audio above and check out our commentary below.