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Legal defeats piling up for President Trump's travel ban as a second appeals court rules against it.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the Trump administration is now zero for four in the courtroom. San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals becoming the latest to block the proposal that would ban travelers from six Muslim majority nations.
White House hoping the Supreme Court will come to their defense, but with each ruling against them in the lower courts, legal experts say that is more and more remote.>> Trump's been trying to get some version of this travel ban in place since a week after he took office back in January, after pushing for a blanket ban on Muslims during the campaign.
>> Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.>> But the executive order has been held up ever since. The proposal would ban travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the government puts stricter screening in place.
It also would prevent any refugees from entering the country for 120 days. The Trump administration arguing that the ban, which originally included Iraq as well, is urgently needed to protect against terrorism and makes no mention of religion.>> We continue to be confident that the President's executive order to protect this country
>> is fully lawful, and ultimately will be upheld by the Supreme Court.>> Critics say it's a thinly veiled form of religious discrimination. Unlike a separate ruling in Virginia, the San Francisco Appeals Court, not addressing the question of religious discrimination, but saying the travel ban does violate immigration law.
Trump has been venting his outrage on Twitter, blaming his own Justice Department last week for weakening the original seven nation ban, that first attempt leading to chaos at airports and mass protests. Trump also attacking the judges and courts on Twitter. All that providing ammunition for the San Francisco court to rule against him.
So Trump has now lost twice in federal court and twice on appeal. His only hope at this point is that the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case and overrules these lower courts. They could act as soon as this week, but meanwhile opponents like the state of Hawaii are appealing to the Supreme Court to keep that block in place.
And remember this was only supposed to be a temporary ban in place for 90 days. As of Wednesday, we'll be at exactly 90 days since the Trump administration originally put out the order. So this entire legal argument could soon be beside the point