Virginia joins lawsuit against revised travel ban

Iraqi passports. The latest travel ban does not include travelers from Iraq

"Plaintiffs do not - and can not - deny that the order falls comfortably within the plain terms of those express grants of authority", the lawyers wrote.

An amended complaint said the order was similar to the original January 27 directive because it "will cause severe and immediate harms to the States, including our residents, our colleges and universities, our healthcare providers, and our businesses".

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, joined in his lawsuit by heavily Democratic California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and OR, asked for a hearing with a federal judge in Seattle before the administration plans to implement the ban Thursday on new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim nations. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin is challenging the same provisions implicated in the Washington litigation. The administration is citing national security and the absence of proper security procedures as reasons for the suspension.

"Hawaii does not identify any particular persons it seeks to recruit who have concrete plans to relocate to Hawaii and join a state university or agency - let alone any specific plans to do so in the next 90 days".

A federal judge in Seattle blocked the president's initial travel ban and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate it.

The courts need to hear "that there's a state where ethnic diversity is the norm, where people are welcomed with aloha and respect", Chin said. If it's merely a veiled attempt to score points with a political base or a first step to permanently limit travel from certain countries to the United States, we have a serious problem.




March 8: Rather than file a new lawsuit, Ferguson announces that he will ask Robart to extend the temporary restraining order to include Trump's new travel ban.

The survey, conducted on behalf of the Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travel managers, also found that the ban made 34% of travel managers anxious about the harassment of US travelers visiting the Middle East. State attorneys said that the order would cause extensive harm to Hawaii's Muslim population and its economy that relies heavily on tourism.

"This court's original injunction protected these individuals and institutions", Washington state's new court filing said. Robart could issue an order immediately after that, or schedule a hearing later this week. He then obtained asylum for his wife and their only surviving child, whose application had cleared the security vetting process and was headed for final processing when it was halted by the original travel ban. "To the contrary, its own evidence refers only to the "potential" for "further uncertainty" - undermining any claim of concrete, imminent injury". If a waiver is denied, it says, affected parties should bring challenges to the order as applied.

"Until that happens, neither she nor Elshikh has suffered any injury fairly traceable to the order", the lawyers wrote.

A federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing March 15 in Honolulu on Hawaii's request for an emergency order to block enforcement of the new order.

The U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation's $2.1-trillion travel industry, echoed Wooden's comments. That order was put in place after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Miller went on to say, "fundamentally you are still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country". "Cutting some illegal aspects of President Trump's original travel ban does not cure his affront to our Constitution".

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