"This travel ban is unconstitutional and does not make us safer. It violates both the letter and the spirit of our nation’s most important founding principles."

Sen. Chris Coons recently released a statement as the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people entering the U.S. from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“Throughout his campaign for president, Donald Trump promised that, if elected, he would ban Muslims from entering the United States. So, we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s attempting to do just that now that he’s in the White House,” Coons said.

“This travel ban is unconstitutional and does not make us safer. It violates both the letter and the spirit of our nation’s most important founding principles. I’m encouraged that each of President Trump’s attempts to implement a ‘Muslim ban’ have been rejected by federal judges, and I hope the 4th Circuit will do the same."

On April 19 and 21, 165 members of Congress, led by Coons and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, filed friend-of-the-court briefs in, respectively, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, supporting those challenging Trump’s travel and refugee ban. District court judges in the cases have preliminarily enjoined implementation of the ban, and Trump has appealed. The 4th Circuit has ordered the appeal to be heard by the full court and is scheduled to hear oral argument in IRAP v. Trump. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit is scheduled to hear oral argument in State of Hawaii v. Trump on May 15.