The White House is officially taking its travel ban to the Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court in Virginia upheld the decision to block the Trump administration’s second attempted ban, which would have barred citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. for 120 days.
The chief judge wrote that the order “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
President Donald Trump has threatened to take the matter to the Supreme Court before. Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to take it to the top, saying the administration “strongly disagrees” with the circuit court’s decision.
Five of the nine justices would have to vote to reinstate the ban. With the confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch in April, the court has a conservative majority.
If the nation’s top court does decide to hear the case, it likely wouldn’t be for several months. Court sessions typically end in June and don’t start again until October.