(RNN) - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the suspension of President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The unanimous ruling upheld a Feb. 3 decision by a Seattle judge that halted the ban nationwide.
The Trump administration appealed the ruling and asked that the ban be reinstated. But the three-judge panel in San Francisco ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.
The State of Washington and the State of Minnesota had the right to bring the case, the ruling stated, and the suspension is still in full effect.
The president's executive order banned entry for citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also put a 120-day hold on the general refugee program.
Trump defended the ban as a important part of national security. It has been met with protests across the country.