By Kate Wood, AP WriterA federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the Obama administration did not violate the Constitution when it barred citizens from using a fingerprint-based national identity card, citing a 1996 law that was supposed to help secure the country.
The 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a lawsuit filed by a handful of residents of Hawaii who challenged the ban is the latest in a series of court rulings that have led to renewed calls for a constitutional amendment.
The ruling by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other international leaders was the latest twist in a fight that began when Trump took office.
Hawaii had challenged the executive order in court.
A judge in Hawaii also ruled last month that the ban violates the U to I Treaty, which guarantees that the United States and all other nations recognize and recognize the nation of Hawaii as a state and not as a separate nation.
Hawaii is the only state that has sued over the ban, which also applies to citizens of seven other countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The Obama administration argued that Hawaii had failed to show a need to secure the nation and was simply trying to stop U.K. citizens from traveling to Hawaii.
In a statement, Hawaii Gov.
David Ige said he welcomed the court’s ruling and the administration’s announcement that it would no longer seek to challenge the ban.
He said Hawaii is a vibrant state and that our people deserve the security that our state provides.
The Hawaii state government said it will continue to work with the federal government and law enforcement to protect Hawaiiers from threats to public safety and the protection of our nation.
Hawaii will continue working with our federal partners to protect our citizens from potential attacks by foreign nationals and international criminals, Ige added.
The case is Hawaii v.
Ige, a Democrat, is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the order, while the Trump administration is appealing the ruling to the 9th U.T. Circuit Court of Appeal.
White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment.
Earlier this month, a federal appeals panel in San Francisco issued a decision that said the Trump order was unconstitutional.
It said the Constitution requires that states make a compelling interest in protecting their citizens from danger.