More states seek to halt Trump's new travel ban

Washington State Attorney General issues filing in response to Trump's new anti-Muslim travel ban

Washington State Attorney General issues filing in response to Trump's new anti-Muslim travel ban

A federal judge in Madison has issued an order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family trying to reach Wisconsin.

Thinking the threat of a travel ban had passed, the wife and daughter started preparations to travel to Jordan for visa interviews at the United States embassy, the last step before U.S. customs officials decide whether to issue them visas.

The first ban sparked numerous lawsuits, including the Syrian refugee's initial federal complaint in Wisconsin. "The court appreciates that there may be important differences between the original executive order, and the revised executive order". That ruling was upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco. Minnesota is already part of the challenge to Trump's actions. The man had challenged Trump's first travel order as well but U.S. District Judge William Conley had put the lawsuit aside after a federal judge in Washington state blocked that the Trump ban in February.

Meanwhile, the state of Maryland said Friday it would join a suit filed by the attorney general from Washington state, which also has the support of Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon.

The original ban included Iraq, but the new order does not.

Lawyers representing immigrants and immigrant advocacy groups in Washington state also filed Friday afternoon for a restraining order against Trump's revised order.

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A hearing in that case is set for next Wednesday, a day before the clock starts on the new order. He said his motion calls on an existing injunction against the travel ban issued in January to be applied to the new directive. Hawaii had also sued over the previous order and is seeking to amend its complaint to include the new ban.

U.S. District Judge James Robart, who issued a restraining order on the first ban, declined to extend that order to cover the second.

Closer to home, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, empowered by the recent joint resolution from the General Assembly, announced plans to join the Washington state case. Hawaii depends heavily on tourism, and the revised ban would hurt the state's economy, he said. That process could be sped up by Robart's order Friday night.

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 USA travelers visiting the Middle East.

The new executive order, signed last Monday and due to come into force next Thursday, does not include Iraqis, who... That request was submitted to Robart, the same Seattle-based judge who's handling the case involving Washington and the other state governments.

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