WA Asking Judge To Block Trump’s New Travel Ban

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson will try to block President Trump’s latest travel-ban executive order by returning to the same judge who halted the first version, the Seattle Times reports. Ferguson will ask U.S. District Judge James Robart to confirm that the Feb. 3 injunction against Trump’s initial travel ban applies to similar portions of the president’s new order, which restricts travel for people from six Muslim-majority nations. “The revised executive order does narrow the scope of who is impacted by it, but that does not mean it has cured its constitutional problems,” said Ferguson. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Trump administration is confident its revised ban will withstand legal scrutiny.

The revised travel ban, which Trump said was necessary for national security, is scheduled to go into effect March 16. The attorneys general of Oregon and New York have asked to join Washington’s lawsuit. Minnesota had joined the case early on. Hawaii has filed a separate challenge against the new executive order, saying it harms the state’s Muslim population and tourist-heavy economy. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee praised the new legal action, saying one part of Trump’s order that has not received enough attention is the attempt to halve the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. “The bottom line is, we think this nation has always been a place of refuge. And we don’t believe Donald Trump ought to be able to say that America had half the heart that it did the day before he took the oath of office,” Inslee said.

 

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