The Trump administration is seeking to delay district court proceedings on the president's travel ban until after an appeals court decides whether to rehear the case, suggesting that the government may not ask the Supreme Court to step in just yet.

A three-judge panel on the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided last Thursday not to reinstate Trump's executive action on immigration and refugees while the policy works its way through the legal system, refusing to halt a lower court's stay on the order.

But an unknown 9th Circuit judge has requested that the entire appeals court vote whether to rehear the case through "en banc" review. That process would task an 11-judge panel to review the case and could result in another hearing. A majority of the active judges would need to agree to review the case.

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