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States Pile Pressure On New Trump Travel Ban

States Pile Pressure On New Trump Travel Ban

In addition to Balderas, the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the Washington D.C. signed onto the lawsuit. More than half-dozen states are actively participating in halting the revised order. Attorneys for the state argue that new executive order remains discriminatory and harms the economy, and have asked a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking several provisions of the new order.

A US judge in Hawaii scheduled a hearing on a challenge to the ban brought by the state's attorney general and a Muslim imam who lives there.

Californias lawyers said the state, whose population is 27 percent foreign-born, is home to almost 700 students from the six targeted countries at its state universities and would face the loss of prospective students, scholars and physicians from overseas, as well as millions in tax revenue from travelers.

The Maryland challenge was filed by the International Refugee Assistance Project and HIAS, who represent several refugees they say are in limbo by the ban or are in imminent danger because of the executive order.

The ban blocks new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily halts the US refugee program.

The revised directive temporarily closes US borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries.

Trumps short-lived January 27 travel ban also applied to entrants from Iraq, which was dropped from the new order at the urging of military officials working with Iraqis to combat Islamic State militants. They said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating 300 refugees already inside the United States for suspected terror links or sympathies. Unlike the original order, it says people with visas won't be affected and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities. Chuang said he would try to issue a written ruling on Wednesday, before the order is implemented, but said it might come after.

In court documents, the Justice Department argues the urgent request to block the order is unwarranted because "no immediate upheaval occurs as a result of the new order taking effect".


Two other challenges to the executive order will be heard in federal courts on Wednesday.

And that goal, the states contended, is to “disfavor Islam and favor Christianity.”.

"Essentially what you still have is a blanket ban against entry from people who are from six different nations, it used to be seven", said Chin. 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.

Trump has said the order is necessary for a national security standpoint.

In response, the Justice Department says Hawaii's claims are mere speculation.

Attorneys representing the state said the order is just as discriminatory against Muslims as the first one and that it still violates both the USA constitution and federal laws.

But critics have charged that the intent behind both policies was to discriminate against Muslims.


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