A federal judge is set to rule this week on President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, potentially setting off a new round of controversy.
The ruling could lead to a potentially lengthy legal fight as the administration seeks to appeal a lower court ruling that invalidated the travel ban.
The decision will come on the heels of a similar legal challenge by Texas, which has been in the crosshairs of the administration.
The Texas lawsuit was filed last month and was supported by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Trump’s administration has maintained that the ban was never intended to discriminate against Muslims.
Trump’s administration, however, argued that the lawsuit was frivolous and that the judge should not have ruled on the matter.
Trump had initially sought to suspend the ban and also ordered a nationwide travel ban for 120 days.
But the Supreme Court halted the ban, saying the president did not have authority to issue it.
Trump on Tuesday said he was withdrawing the travel bans, saying they were unconstitutional and would likely backfire.
“I am withdrawing the proclamation, the executive order that I issued, that suspended the ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries,” Trump said at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York.
“I am removing it and I think we’ll see what happens.
But I don’t think it’s going to be a good outcome.
I think it’ll be a very, very bad outcome.”