U.S. judge allows Hawaii to challenge Trump’s new travel ban

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By Mica Rosenberg

<span class="articleLocation”>A federal judge on Wednesday said the state of
Hawaii could file an amended complaint against President Donald
Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning the entry of
refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii said the
state could add to its initial lawsuit, which had challenged
Trump’s original ban signed in January. The state is claiming
the revised ban signed by the president on Monday violates the
U.S. Constitution. It is the first legal challenge to the
revised order.

The state of Hawaii will ask the court on Wednesday to put
an emergency halt to Trump’s new order, according to a court
schedule signed by the judge. A hearing is set for March 15, a
day before the new ban is to go into effect.

The revised travel order changed and replaced an original,
more sweeping ban issued on Jan. 27 that caused chaos and
protests at airports and was challenged in more than two dozen
lawsuits around the country. A federal judge in Seattle put the
first order on hold, in a decision upheld by an appeals court in
San Francisco.

The new order is much more narrowly tailored. It keeps a
90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran,
Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but excludes Iraq and
applies the restriction only to new visa applicants. It also
removed an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

Legal experts have said court challenges will be more
difficult now because changes to the order give exemptions to
more people.

Hawaii claims its state universities would be harmed by the
order because they would have trouble recruiting students and
faculty. It also says the island state’s economy would be hit by
a decline in tourism.

Immigration advocates have said the new ban, like the
original one, discriminates against Muslims.

The government says the president has wide authority to
implement immigration policy and says the travel rules are
necessary to protect against terrorist attacks. (Additional reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco)

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