Federal judge not ready to rule on blocking new travel ban

Miranda GreerMar 13, 2017

Hawaii and Washington state filed lawsuits to block the revised order but top Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that was expected.

But Robart was unwilling to extend his initial ruling to over the second order, saying that a new motion would have to be filed.

The man initially challenged Trump's first travel ban in a federal lawsuit he filed in February.

While Trump has cited national security concerns as the reason for signing the executive order, the fact remains that there have been zero fatal attacks on United States soil since 1975 by nationals from the six countries targeted with the ban.

This new executive order maintains numerous same bad policies of Mr. Trump's previous travel ban, including barring nationals of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. In this new executive order, Mr. Trump removed Iraq from the list of banned countries - demonstrating the arbitrary nature of the list; the list is dictated by politics, not national security.

Ferguson said he was pleased other that attorneys general had sought to take part in the legal action.

She says the executive order has hurt OR, its residents, employers, agencies, educational institutions, health care system and economy. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a statement called the executive order "a Muslim ban by another name".

The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

As several states move forward with legal challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, a federal judge in Wisconsin delivered the first judicial setback to the executive order on Friday.

The reason for his hesitation is likely the far narrower scope of the order - a change that has won over critics of the first ban like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, six countries on the original 27 January order, will once more be subject to a 90-day travel ban. Iraq was dropped from the original list of countries.

Chin told reporters Thursday that the state has already been hurt by the proposed ban even though it doesn't go into effect until March 16.

Unlike the initial order, the new one says current visa holders won't be affected, and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.

Spicer said during the White House briefing Thursday that administration officials "feel very confident with how that was crafted and the input that was given".

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