An American federal appeals court has rejected a request by the administration of US President Donald Trump to put his Muslim ban on hold.
Through an executive order, Trump has been trying to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days.
His first attempt on January 27 faced national uproar and international condemnation, and was suspended via a court ruling shortly afterwards.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Monday a request issued by the US Department of Justice to put the case on hold.
The Republican president argues that the ban is required to protect the United States against terrorism despite the fact that no terrorist attack has ever been commited by nationals from the seven countries on US soil.
The New York billionaire has vowed to issue a new order by the end of this week. The second executive order was supposed to be issued last week.
"Throughout these proceedings, there appears to have been a lack of communication between the Department of Justice and the White House," the Washington attorney general's office was quoted by Reuters as saying in a court filing.
Apart from the new executive order, the Trump administration is also pursuing an appeal for his first ban.