U.S. Court of Appeals denies full-bench review of Trump travel ban, 162 tech firms file brief against ban

MAMOSA Report — A Federal Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request for a full-bench (11-member) court review of President Trump’s travel ban that was struck down by a Hawaii federal judge earlier this year.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco-based appeals court voted to reject the request from Hawaii for a wider review that would have taken the case to a full “en banc” panel.

The decision means that the case will now follow a traditional path of judicial appeal, and will head to a three-judge panel next month.

According to the report, the judicial order did not provide any details as to why the request was denied by the court.

If granted, the request could have expedited the judicial process by sending the case straight to the full court panel.

The battle over Trump’s revised travel ban that would temporarily prohibit U.S. entry to foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries is also ongoing in other federal courts.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia, is also set to hear arguments on a part of Trump’s revised travel ban in early May and could rule on Justice Department’s request for a stay as early as the first days of April.

More than 160 tech companies asked a court to reject Trump’s second travel ban

On Wednesday, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap and more than 150 other tech companies told a federal court in Virginia that it should toss Trump’s latest attempt to ban refugees and travelers from many majority-Muslim countries.

In a brief filed in the Fourth Circuit Court, a host of Silicon Valley heavyweights lambasted Trump’s new order — his second attempt, after a judge blocked his first one — and stressed it would inflict “substantial harm on U.S. companies, their employees, and the entire economy.”

The order, they continued, “hinders the ability of American companies to attract talented employees, increases costs imposed on business, makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations — and hire new employees — outside the United States.”

The brief — filed by a total 162 tech firms, including Uber, SpaceX, Spotify and Twitter — represents the Valley’s latest legal salvo against Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, many in the tech industry are fighting to ward off other major changes to U.S. immigration policy, including new restrictions on the country’s high-skilled visa program (H-1B).

Trump’s administration has promised greater scrutiny for companies that employ foreign workers instead of Americans.

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