A Richmond, Va.-based federal appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate President Trump's ban on nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S., delivering a major blow to the Trump administration.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 10-3 ruling that Trump's executive order "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."

In delivering the opinion of the court, Judge Roger Gregory wrote that Congress granted the president broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute.

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