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A Richmond-based federal appeals court grappled Monday with the legality of President Trump's travel ban, which was blocked by a Maryland district court judge.

The court appeared divided over whether Trump's statements during the 2016 presidential campaign about blocking Muslims from entering the country should be considered.

That was the reason why the Maryland district judge held up the travel order — a revised version of Trump's initial plan — which blocked people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The district court judge found that Trump's comments showed the order was meant to discriminate against Muslims.


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