A request from several Democratic attorneys general to apply the emergency stay that halted President Trump’s initial travel suspension to his revised executive order was denied Friday by a U.S. federal court.
According to Reuters, Seattle U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who was appointed in 2003 by former president George W. Bush, ruled that more extensive court papers must be submitted by lawyers from the states that opposed the president’s new order, and that the block on the original order could not be carried over to the new version.
Robart issued a temporary restraining order to stop Trump’s January executive action on immigration after a group of states, led by Washington and Minnesota, launched a successful challenge against it. A federal appeals court upheld Robart’s decision.
Some legal experts have asserted that Trump’s revised executive order on immigration, released this week, avoids some of the flaws that impeded the original version.
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The order will temporarily block citizens from six Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the U.S. The initial travel suspension applied to Iraqi citizens, but the new order allows them to travel to the United States.
Scheduled to take effect Mar. 16, Trump’s new executive order also pauses the acceptance of all refugees for four months but stops short of indefinitely barring Syrian refugees as the previous order did.
Trump’s revised travel ban is facing further legal action despite surviving Robart’s judgment on Friday.
Maryland has joined forces with the group of states challenging the order, and Hawaii has filed a separate lawsuit arguing that the ban would damage its tourism industry, businesses, and educational institutions.
H/T: The Hill
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