Revised Trump travel ban suffers first legal blow

U.S. District Judge James Robart, the federal judge who issued the order to temporarily halt the nationwide implementation of President Donald Trump's initial travel ban, said he will not rule immediately on whether his restraining order covers the administration's new travel ban, reports the Associated Press.

The revised executive order Trump signed Monday trims Iraq off the list of affected countries and exempts existing visa-holders from the new restrictions.

In asking the Seattle judge to formally give permission for the five states to begin a new lawsuit, they raised most of the claims that were at issued in reaction to the original Trump, asserting challenges based on the Constitution and federal laws.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has requested that the court hold a hearing Tuesday on the White House's revised travel ban.

Immigrant rights groups asked the Washington District Court to again enjoin the Trump Administration's "Muslim Ban" executive order. Hawaii's argument that the ban would hurt its tourism industry and state universities-an argument made in other travel ban cases-is "mere speculation", the motion says.

Trump's first immigration order, which banned travel to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and halted the intake of refugees, was blocked in federal court.

A Syrian Muslim who has already escaped to Wisconsin and is seeking asylum for his wife and three-year-old daughter who remain in the war-torn country filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that Mr Trump's second ban was just as problematic as the first.

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The U.S. Justice Department is defending the ban.

Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney, said the latest order "discriminates on the basis of religion" and "will bring significant hardship to many people inside and outside the country".

The state of Hawaii was the first state to sue after President Donald Trumps' revised travel ban was announced Monday.

A hearing in the Hawaii case is scheduled for Wednesday. But a three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously upheld the judge's decision and kept Trump's travel ban on hold. It retained the refugee ban, but did not specify that Syrians would be kept out for longer; instead, all refugees are barred from the US indefinitely.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the administration is confident the revised ban will stand up to legal scrutiny. The judge can choose to block the executive order - like Seattle judge Robart did for the first ban - or allow it to take effect.

Two federal courts-one in Maryland, another in Hawaii-will hear challenges to the travel ban on March 15th. They want Robart to make clear that his original order blocking enforcement applies to the new executive order, too. Specifically, the states argue that the Executive Order harmed state colleges and universities, creating staffing gaps, precluding students' attendance, and imposed additional costs and administrative burdens.

On Friday, the Trump administration asked the 46 USA attorneys appointed by the former president to resign, including Robert Capers, who served as the attorney for Eastern District of NY.