A Virginia-based federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, becoming the second circuit court to uphold lower court rulings against the policy.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issured the ruling Thursday, following arguments May 8. The ban affects six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan.

“We remain unconvinced [the ban] has more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the President’s promised Muslim ban,” the court said.  The ruling was issued by the full, or en banc, court, in a 10-3 ruling with two abstentions.  Another federal appeals court is considering a similar appeal of a Hawaii-based judge’s ruling blocking the visa ban. READ MORE