Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Another View: New travel ban just as arbitrary, senseless

Another View: New travel ban just as arbitrary, senseless

The Washington case has become the focal point of resistance to Trump's revised order with the Democratic states of Minnesota and OR already part of the challenge and the states of New York, Maryland, Massachusetts and California requesting to join the legal action.

Ferguson attempted to convince U.S. District Judge James Robart to simply extend his stay of the first travel ban to the second, but Robart ruled late Friday night that plaintiffs needed to file an amended complaint to convince him that the same constitutional issues remain.

The state of Hawaii was the first to file a lawsuit challenging the ban in the state's federal district court.

A hearing on the state's request will be heard on Wednesday.

The White House said it's confident the executive order will withstand legal challenges, and that it's consistent with federal law.

The new order also drops Iraq from the targeted list of countries whose citizens are barred from traveling to the United States, not because the administration suddenly deemed them a diminished threat but because alienating Iraq was a grievous diplomatic and military blunder.

The revised travel ban is scheduled to go into effect Thursday. The new executive order, unlike the old, spelled out a list of people who might be granted exemptions, including those seeking to visit or live with family in the United States.

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Which states are against the new ban?

The updated travel ban will also "will prevent state residents - including United States citizens - from seeing their spouses, parents, or other family members" and "cause the states themselves to lose tax revenue", Ferguson says.

Ferguson said earlier this week the revised travel ban has "the same illegal motivations as the original" according to the Associated Press.

"The executive is empowered under the Constitution and by Congress to make national security judgments and to enforce our immigration policies in order to safeguard the American public", Sessions said.

Robart is also the judge who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of the initial ban.

The first order, which Mr Trump signed in January, sparked mass protests as well as confusion at airports. The US Justice Department is defending the ban. Unlike the first order, the new ban would not affect current visa holders and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.

Among the 134 signatories were some who had served in either Republican or Democratic administrations, or both, including former senior diplomat Nicholas Burns, former National Security Council counter-terrorism director Richard Clarke and former undersecretary of defence Michele Flournoy. It took only days for a federal judge to temporarily suspend the order, a decision affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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