The US government has lodged papers with a federal appeals court against the suspension of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

The document,  argues that stopping immigrants from seven mainly-Muslim countries is a lawful action of the president’s authority,. The document was filed on Monday with the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The move by the justice department comes after an appeals court over the weekend denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately set aside a Seattle judge’s ruling that put a hold on the ban nationwide.

The federal appeals court asked lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota, which are legally challenging Trump’s order, and the justice department to argue on Tuesday whether the ban should remain shelved.

“What will be argued in court is a very narrow legal interpretation, which is, does the president have the right to issue executive orders which can stop people coming into the country,” Says Al Jazeera’s

Washington state and Minnesota sued Trump last week, saying that the ban harmed residents and effectively mandated discrimination.

The justice department says that the issue is a matter of national security and Trump’s executive order was well within his authority.

The clamour from the White House in the last few days  is that they believe they are very right in the executive order issued by the president