Washington State to Block Trump's Revised Travel Ban

Mar 12, 2017, 00:58

The second travel ban proposed by the Trump administration, redesigned to better withstand legal challenges, is just as likely as the previous ban to reduce travel to the us, industry representatives say.

The new order, unveiled Monday, is due to go into effect March 16. President Trump's previous order was blocked by federal courts. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Washington state blocked the entire order on February 3. That ruling was upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco.

In addition, the states of Washington and Minnesota asked Seattle-based U.S. District Court Judge James Robart to confirm that his existing injunction against key parts of Trump's original travel ban executive order blocks similar portions of the revised directive.

Trump's counselor pointed to Iraq's removal from the revised list is a "great signal" as to how other nations, which are known to "harbor, train or export terrorists", can be removed from the ban.

He said the burden was on the Trump administration to show that the court ruling from last month did not apply to its new policy.

A U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message Friday.

On Twitter Friday, the Washington state Attorney General's Office said Ferguson is reviewing Robart's order with his legal team to determine next steps.

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Lawyers representing immigrants and immigrant advocacy groups in Washington state also filed Friday afternoon for a restraining order against Trump's revised order.

He came to the United States in 2014 and was granted asylum past year. He later toned down that language and said he would implement a policy of "extreme vetting" of foreigners coming to the country.

The court showdown in Wisconsin was just one of at least five expected to play out in the coming days as various states, organizations and individuals try to block some or all of Trump's redrafted travel ban order from taking effect as scheduled just after midnight Wednesday night.

He set a March 21 date for a full hearing of the case.

Trump's new executive order was designed with the intention of avoiding the legal hurdles.

Trump signed the new executive order on Monday banning foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and banning all refugees for 120 days, but excluded green card holders and those with existing valid visas from the order.

Trump has billed the travel ban orders as necessary to prevent terrorist attacks in the USA, but critics say they're poorly tailored to achieve that goal and will result in an anti-American backlash overseas. Waivers are allowed on a case-by-case basis for some business, diplomatic and other travelers.