Washington AG asking federal judge to apply TRO to new travel ban order

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A temporary restraining order obtained by the state of Washington, which halted the Trump administration’s January travel ban, should be applied to the recently revised executive order, says its attorney general. Ferguson is asking a federal judge to apply the restraining order that halted the first travel ban order to Monday’s order.

“Yes, the revised one is more narrow—that’s a success. But the core constitutional problems remain the same,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson told NPR.

Meanwhile, attorneys general for Massachusetts, New York, and Oregon all said Thursday they would formally join the legal challenge to the ban mounted by Minnesota and Washington state.

The revised executive order still imposes a 90-day ban on visitors from six countries, but Iraq was removed from the list. It no longer prohibits entry by legal U.S. residents, current visa holders or other travelers, such as diplomats or businesspeople. NPR reports that the order is expected to be applied March 16.

Previously, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Washington state had standing, partially because the order harmed the state’s legal permanent residents. In court filings supporting the state, more than 100 businesses, including well-known tech companies, argued that their employees would be harmed by the order.




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