Travel industry worries about the second Trump travel ban

Judith QuinnMar 14, 2017

President Donald Trump's new travel ban has survived its first set of legal challenges ahead of its scheduled implementation March 16.

The motion, filed in a district court in Seattle on Monday morning, argues that core parts of Trump's new ban essentially reinstate parts of the old order, which was chaotically rolled out by the administration in January and was subsequently blocked with a restraining order by USA district court judge James Robart.

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.

March 8: Rather than file a new lawsuit, Ferguson announces that he will ask Robart to extend the temporary restraining order to include Trump's new travel ban.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters after the revised order was signed Monday that Iraq's government had taken steps to improve their vetting process.

After the Trump ban was blocked the first time, the approval process restarted for the Syrian family and they're now preparing to travel to Jordan for visa interviews at the US embassy, the last step before USA customs officials decide whether to issue them visas.

The first order had also applied to citizens of Iraq but the country was dropped from the new list.

"While the new section differs from the original by excluding Iraqis, lawful permanent residents, and visa-holders, it bars entry for virtually all other individuals from the listed countries, including: relatives of USA citizens, students who have been admitted to state universities, prospective employees of state universities and private businesses, and many others", lawyers for the state of Washington wrote.

"The further President Trump goes down this path, the clearer it is that he is violating that basic rule".

The U.S. government says Hawaii's allegations of negative impacts for tourism and universities are pure speculation.

The state's lawsuit also contains a claim by a leading Islamic cleric, Ismail Elshikh, that he won't be able to get a Syrian relative into the country.

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

Furthermore, he said, "The victory for lawful permanent residents and current visa holders was welcome news for everyone, especially the victims' families".

Washington: The Northern state added in their complaint that the move 'has the same illegal motivations as the original'.

He came to the United States in 2014 and was granted asylum a year ago.

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