By JOSH GERSTEIN....
Three states, nearly 100 technology companies and a variety of immigrant rights advocacy groups are pleading with a federal appeals court not to allow President Donald Trump to reinstate his executive order sharply limiting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.
The legal briefs piled up at the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals late Sunday and in the wee hours of Monday morning as critics of Trump's travel ban fought a federal government request to lift an order a federal district court judge in Seattle issued Friday temporarily blocking most of the key aspects of Trump's controversial immigration-limiting anti-terrorism directive.
A three-judge 9th Circuit panel is expected to rule as soon as Monday evening on the Justice Department's stay request, teeing up a likely repeat of the same battle at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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