WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has appealed a judge's order blocking his travel ban at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, citing the "sovereign prerogative" of a president to admit or exclude aliens.

The appeal says it's a basic principle, that "an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application."

The Justice Department is asking that the federal judge's order be stayed pending appeal.

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