Federal judge not ready to rule on blocking new travel ban

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Thursday the administration believed the revised travel ban will stand up to legal scrutiny.

A federal judge has placed a temporary restraining order on the effects President Donald Trump's latest executive order on travel. And in Washington, a group of USA citizens and their relatives who have pending visa applications have asked Robart to immediately halt Trump's directive. Now, three weeks after the president first said a new order was imminent, he has signed it - a watered-down version of the original, tweaked to withstand court challenges but no less arbitrary and misguided as a means of enhancing national security.

This problem is highlighted in a new letter (full text) sent to President Donald Trump and signed by over 130 former senior US government officials from both Democratic and Republican Administrations.

There is yet no conclusive data to show that travel has dropped since the new ban was announced.

Washington: The Northern state added in their complaint that the move 'has the same illegal motivations as the original'.

The new motion contains dozens of examples of people and institutions from the states involved who are caught up in Trump's new ban, including families torn apart by the order, educational institutions that say they will suffer as a result, and local business and religious organizations who will also be affected. "Maybe a few months out we can get a read on this - is this having a real impact or are people just having an emotional reaction?" But in January, after Trump's first order, she introduced two bills in Congress that she said were meant to prevent Trump from blocking entire categories of immigrants unilaterally. But it was not filed by the state attorney general's office and unclear whether the judge will allow the case to proceed.

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The state of Hawaii has filed a separate complaint, and a hearing in that case on whether to impose a national restraining order is set for March 15 as well.

The first order was halted by US district judge James Robart in Seattle after Washington state sued, claiming the order was discriminatory and violated the US Constitution.

February 4: Attorneys for the Trump administration ask the 9th District Court of Appeals to overturn the restraining order. It simply prevents Trump's administration from enforcing it against this family pending a March 21 hearing.

Hawaii has also filed suit against the new order, as have rights groups and immigrant advocacy associations, which filed papers with a judge in Maryland.

"Bans like those included in this order are harmful to USA national security and beneath the dignity of our great nation", the letter read. Ms. Ali, a US citizen, began the process to bring him to the United States in August 2016.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson tweeted out the court's ruling.

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