Donald Trump's new travel ban suffers first legal setback

Federal judges may find President Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last. But many religious groups

Federal judges may find President Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last. But many religious groups

The restraining order doesn't block the entire travel ban; it simply prevents Trump's administration from enforcing it against this specific family.

The Republican president's first attempt at restricting immigration - which applied to Iraq and impacted green card holders - foundered in January after federal judge James Robart granted a request for injunction from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and several other Democratic AGs.

On Mar. 11, U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, Wisconsin, ruled that Trump's directive on travel would not apply towards a Syrian family until another hearing on Mar. 21, after the executive order is implemented, Reuters reports.

The second travel ban proposed by the Trump administration, redesigned to better withstand legal challenges, is just as likely as the previous ban to reduce travel to the USA, industry representatives say.

The travel ban is scheduled to go into effect next Thursday. Nevertheless, "it bars entry for virtually all other individuals from the listed countries, including: relatives of US citizens, students who have been admitted to state universities, prospective employees of state universities and private businesses, and many others".

ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby said that the organization would continue to "monitor the situation closely with an eye toward any impact on our members' businesses, and will do everything possible to ensure member are kept up to date, able to serve their clients and prepare them for any disruptions that might occur".

The second executive order reinstates "provisions of the First Executive Order already enjoined by the Court", Washington state said in court papers filed on Monday.

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"President Trump's second executive order is still a Muslim ban".

"Rarely in American history has governmental intent to discriminate against a particular faith and its adherents been so plain", the complaint says, alleging the new order will cause "irreparable harm" and asking for an injunction. Ferguson's action came a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit. In that case, a man who had successfully fled Syria and been granted asylum in the United States sued so that the ban would not be applied to his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who are still in Aleppo and have asylum applications being processed.

The state's lawsuit also contains a claim by a leading Islamic cleric, Ismail Elshikh, that he won't be able to get a Syrian relative into the country.

Just like the original travel ban, version 2.0 is facing legal challenges.

The states of Washington and Minnesota in a response notice argue that sections of the new order have the same effect as the original one and that the federal government can't unilaterally decide to change a court's previous ruling.

"The establishment clause prohibits the USA government from favoring one religion over another".

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