Washington state moves to block Trump’s new travel ban in court

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By Mica Rosenberg

<span class="articleLocation”>Washington state on Monday moved to block
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, filing a new
complaint in federal court and asking a judge to stop the
executive order from going into effect on Thursday.

It was the latest legal move in a series of court challenges
to a new travel order signed by Trump last week that temporarily
blocks refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries
from entering the United States.

His order replaced a more sweeping ban issued on Jan. 27
that caused chaos and protests at airports due to its abrupt
implementation.

The first order was halted by U.S. District Judge James
Robart in Seattle after Washington state sued, claiming the
order was discriminatory and violated the U.S. Constitution.

Trump revised his order to overcome some of the legal
hurdles by including exemptions for legal permanent residents
and existing visa holders and taking Iraq off the list of
countries covered by the order. The new order still applies to
citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but has
explicit waivers for various categories of immigrants with ties
to the United States.

Washington state went back to Robart to argue that the new
ban is essentially the same as the first one and that the
emergency halt, which was upheld by a federal appeals court,
should still apply.

The second executive order reinstates “provisions of the
First Executive Order already enjoined by the Court,” Washington
state said in court papers filed on Monday. The state requested
a hearing in the case on Tuesday.

The Department of Justice said it was reviewing the filings
and would respond to the court.

California’s attorney general said on Monday that it would
be joining Washington in its lawsuit; other states like
Minnesota, New York and Oregon have also signed on to the
challenge.

“The Trump Administration may have changed the text of the
now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its
unconstitutional intent and effect,” California Attorney General
Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

Separately, Hawaii has sued over the new ban as well.

In response to Hawaii’s lawsuit, the Department of Justice
in court papers filed on Monday said the president has broad
authority to “restrict or suspend entry of any class of aliens
when in the national interest.” The Justice Department said the
brief suspensions will allow the country to review its screening
process in an effort to protect against terrorist attacks.



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