DOJ wants appeal of Trump travel ban put on hold

 Thousands of protesters gather at Thomas Paine Plaza for a March for Humanity in support of refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, PA February 4th 2017. (Emily Cohen for WHYY)

Thousands of protesters gather at Thomas Paine Plaza for a March for Humanity in support of refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, PA February 4th 2017. (Emily Cohen for WHYY)

The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump’s travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order.

A government motion filed Friday says all actions on the appeal should be stopped because Trump intends to issue a new executive order that addresses some of the constitutional concerns raised by his first action.

His executive order temporarily banned travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and paused the U.S. refugee program.

Washington state and Minnesota sued to stop the order, and a federal judge put it on hold.

The government appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court set a schedule that requires the government to file an opening brief by March 3. The Justice Department wants that plan set aside for now.

Messages left with the Washington attorney general’s office were not immediately returned.

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