Hawaii Seeks to Block Trump’s New Travel Ban

 Hawaii Seeks to Block Trump’s New Travel Ban

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – FEBRUARY 1: Protestors rally against President Donald Trump’s recent executive order halting refugee admissions for 120 days and banning entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly-Muslim nations, at Reagan National Airport, February 1, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Despite the immediate controversy the executive order has sparked, a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos shows 49 percent of Americans agreeing with the order and 41 percent disagreeing. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The state of Hawaii said it will ask a federal court today for an emergency halt to President Donald Trump’s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries.
Hawaii is the first state in the US to challenge the ban in court.
In a court filing on Tuesday, Hawaii said it would seek a temporary restraining order against the new travel ban. Hawaii’s suit against the original executive order was put on hold.
The Trump administration this week issued the new executive order that supplanted an earlier, more sweeping one which had been challenged in court by several states in addition to Hawaii.
The new order is much more narrowly tailored than the first one issued in January. It keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but excludes Iraq, and applies the restriction only to new visa applicants.
“To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one,” Neal Katyal, one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii, said in an interview with CNN. He said the new travel ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”
“We are confident that the president’s actions are lawful to protect the national security of our country,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
In a joint filing, Hawaii and the U.S. government asked for oral arguments in the case to be held March 15, a day before the new travel order is set to take effect.
Separately, in a case brought by Washington state against the first Trump travel order, the Justice Department on Tuesday said it would voluntarily dismiss its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had suspended the order.
Washington state did not oppose the administration’s request to end its appeal, the filing said.
Immigration advocates said the new ban still discriminates against Muslims and fails to address some of their concerns with the previous directive. Legal experts said the new ban would be harder to challenge because it affects fewer people living in the United States and allows more exemptions to protect them.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday said his office was evaluating whether it would challenge the new order and would likely decide this week.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month had blocked Trump’s first order, saying Washington state would likely be able to prove that it violated constitutional protections.
That appeals court ruling has not been withdrawn and its legal reasoning can still be cited as precedent in future cases, Washington attorney general spokesman Peter Lavallee said on Tuesday.

LTV

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.