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SABRA LANE: President Donald Trump's proposed travel and refugee ban remains in legal limbo after a Federal Appeals court rejected his bid to have it immediately overturned.

Both sides will get their opportunity to make their arguments over the coming days, before the court makes a final decision.

People from the banned countries are taking advantage of the temporary reprieve - arriving at airports across the country.

I spoke with our North America correspondent Conor Duffy in Washington earlier.

Conor, what's the latest in the legal battle?

CONOR DUFFY: Well, it's another setback for President Trump, Sabra.

We all heard about that ruling from the Federal Court, which meant that he could no longer enforce his executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority nations, banning refugees for four months and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Today, he sought a stay on that judge's decision, but was unsuccessful. President Trump and his team, though, are still talking confidently that they'll get this through.

Here's a little of what his Vice President, Mike Pence, had to say earlier today.

MIKE PENCE: We're very confident the President's operating within his authority as president - both under the Constitution and under clear statutory law. That's what's so frustrating about the decision.

We're very confident that we're going to prevail. We'll accomplish this stay and we'll win the case on the merits. But again, the focus here is on the safety and security of the American people.

SABRA LANE: US Vice President Mike Pence speaking there.

Conor Duffy's with us now. Conor, are people taking advantage of the pause?

CONOR DUFFY: They are, Sabra. They're certainly flooding into airports across the city. We've seen tearful reunions.

I heard one woman had returned from Iraq. She went to see her sick mother and had been detained overseas and has just returned to America. She was absolutely thrilled, but also upset by the ban.

We don't know how long the stay is going to stay in place for. The court is going to rule within the next few days, after it hears arguments, and set a timetable for whether or not there'll be hearings, or whether or not we'll just make an order.

But in the meantime, people are certainly taking advantage of the situation.

SABRA LANE: And President Trump's also upset Republicans with more controversial marks about the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. What's he had to say?

CONOR DUFFY: Yeah. So, President Trump appeared on the Bill O'Reilly show on the conservative Fox News Network, and he was pressed by Mr O'Reilly about his admiration for President Putin, particularly in the context of human rights and of murders of journalists. And President Trump surprised everyone when he said that, "There are killers everywhere," and that people shouldn't be so innocent about actions that the US has taken as well.

So to not only defend President Putin, but to also criticise the United States, has not gone down very well with Republicans at all.

SABRA LANE: North America correspondent, Conor Duffy