States Argue Restoring Ban Would ‘Unleash Chaos Again’

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Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again,” the Associated Press reports. The states filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today after the White House said it expected the federal courts to reinstate the ban. Washington and Minnesota said their underlying lawsuit was strong and a nationwide temporary restraining order was appropriate. If the appellate court reinstated Trump’s ban, the states said the “ruling would reinstitute those harms, separating families, stranding our university students and faculty, and barring travel.”

Tech giants like Apple and Google, along with Uber, filed briefs arguing that the travel ban would harm them by making it more difficult to recruit employees. Trump’s executive order was based on a claim of national security, but lawyers for the two states told the appellate court the administration’s move hurts residents, businesses and universities and is unconstitutional. Trump’s team has until 6 p.m. Eastern time today to file its briefs. The court turned down a Department of Justice request to set aside immediately a Seattle judge’s ruling that put a temporary hold on the ban nationwide. That ruling Friday prompted an ongoing Twitter rant by Trump, who dismissed U.S. District Court Judge James Robart as a “so-called judge” and his decision “ridiculous.”









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