The filing provides notice that the government will ask a federal appeals court to reverse U.S. District Judge
James L. Robart’s temporary restraining order that blocked enforcement of the controversial immigration restrictions pending further review of the legal issues raised in a suit filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota.
Attorneys for those states have argued that the ban, which blocks all arrivals from seven predominantly Muslim countries–except for members of persecuted religious faiths–discriminates against Muslims.
The case heads next to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for a decision on whether or not the travel ban can be enforced.
Legal experts say the case, or one of the others filed challenging the ban, is likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.