Politics Four states suing to block Trump's new travel ban

18:59  10 march  2017
18:59  10 march  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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Democratic attorneys general in four states announced Thursday that they will try to block the Trump administration's revised executive order on travel in court, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact.

In early February, U.S. District Judge James Robart issued an order blocking the first version of the ban, which applied visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries and all immigrants. Robart's ruling was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leading the Trump administration to issue the new order on Monday.

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said Thursday his office will file a motion asking Robart to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban, which is scheduled to go into effect next Thursday, March 16.

"We've won in court, and the president has had to honor those defeats," Ferguson told reporters at a press conference in Seattle. "It's my expectation that we will continue to prevail, and certainly my expectation that the president will continue to respect the decision of the court."

Ferguson said the state will continue to argue that the travel ban amounts to a ban on Muslims. In the initial suit, Ferguson's office relied on comments from President Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump backer, who said the president asked him to come up with a legal way to ban Muslims.

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  States pile pressure on new Trump travel ban Several US states run by Democrats on Monday stepped up the pressure in federal court for the suspension of Republican President Donald Trump's amended travel ban, if possible before it takes effect Thursday. There are two federal suits brought by state attorneys general over the order, which bars refugees from entering the US for 120 days and halts new visas for travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

The new ban, which some legal experts have said avoids some of the pitfalls that hampered the initial version, now blocks citizens of six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraqi citizens, covered by the initial ban, will be allowed to travel to the United States under the new order.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D)  and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) will join Washington in challenging the new ban.

"President Trump's latest executive order is a Muslim ban by another name, imposing policies and protocols that once again violate the Equal Protection Clause and Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution," Schneiderman said in a statement.

In a statement Thursday, Healey called the ban "discriminatory and unconstitutional."

Ferguson's motion is the second major legal action against the Trump administration's new ban. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin filed suit in federal court on Wednesday alleging the travel ban would hurt Hawaii's tourism industry and its businesses, along with Hawaii educational institutions.

Asked about Hawaii's lawsuit, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday the administration remains hopeful that its new ban will survive court scrutiny.

"I think we feel very comfortable that the executive order that was crafted is consistent with - we're going to go forward on this - but I think by all means, I don't- we feel very confident with how that was crafted and the input that was given," Spicer said Thursday.

Jordan Fabian contributed.

The Latest: Seattle judge puts off ruling on travel ban .
The Latest on lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's revised travel ban (all times local):5:10 p.m.A federal judge in Seattle says he won't rule on a request from Washington state to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban because two other judges have already halted it.Judge James Robart said Friday the state could ask him to reconsider should circumstances change. Washington and other states had said the new version of the ban discriminates against Muslims.On Wednesday a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the federal government from enforcing its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and its suspension of the nation's refugee program.

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