Balderas files brief opposing Trump travel ban

Mar 16, 2017, 00:32

With President Trump's second attempt at a refugee and travel executive order set to take effect after midnight, a federal judge in Maryland heard arguments on Wednesday morning on challengers' efforts to stop that from happening. He said he would try to issue an order later in the day, but wouldn't guarantee it. Chuang didn't signal which way he would rule, but did ask both sides to share their preferences for what he should do if he made a decision to block at least certain parts of the executive order. The original order caused widespread chaos and unwarranted hardship for noncitizens traveling to the United States, including refugees and legal permanent residents.

The executive order, which would temporarily suspend immigration from six countries as well as the United States refugee program, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday. Trumps press secretary, Sean Spicer, said February 27 that the new order “attempts to address the courts concerns” but to “maintain the way that we did it the first time.”. They argued that Trump's amended order, like his first one, discriminates against Muslims. In the meantime, the US would determine whether heightened screening is needed for people from those nations trying to enter this country. Those provisions, coupled with the 10-day delay in implementation, are created to avoid a repeat of the mass chaos that accompanied the first EO.

The order, which Trump issued March 6, would prohibit USA entry for 90 days by anyone from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Additionally, the revised EO maintains the temporary suspension of refugee admissions and the 50,000 cap on refugees for 2017 once the program resumes (thus cutting the current total in half). Comments last month from White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller - that the revised order will have "the same basic policy outcomes" but will be "responsive to a lot of the very technical issues that were brought up by the court" - may also be deemed relevant.

Attorney Matt Adams responded that while the law does give the president broad authority, Congress later clarified the law to say the government can't discriminate on the basis of nationality any more than it could bar people based on their race.

The Constitution's Establishment Clause prohibits discrimination by the government based on religion, including giving preference to one religious denomination over another.

Washington state, the lead plaintiff, asked the judge to hold a hearing Tuesday on its request to extend his previous injunction to Trumps new order temporarily blocking people from six mostly Muslim nations and all refugees.

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President Donald Trump's revised ban on travelers from several Muslim countries has prompted a slightly smaller chorus of objections from major American technology firms compared to the furor over the first travel ban. Further, the administration will likely point to the revised EO's elimination of any preference for religious minorities.

Several significant changes mean the new order has a much narrower scope than the first.

Hawaii has also filed its own, separate complaint against the order. The executive order "weakens this country's ability to provide global leadership and jeopardizes our national security interests by failing to support the stability of our allies that are struggling to host large numbers of refugees", it added.

Other groups are reportedly planning protests for Saturday.

Under the U.S. legal system, a federal judge can suspend all or part of the Trump executive order, with nationwide effect - which Robart did the first time around and which the state plaintiffs hope he will do again.

Is this a ban on Muslim arrivals?