Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Washington state asks to keep travel ban pause

Washington state asks to keep travel ban pause

Robart is also the judge who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of the initial ban. That order was immediately challenged by a lawsuit from Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, prompting Trump to draft a new order rather than battle it out in court.

"The president does not get to decide if a new executive order is different enough - the court decides that", Ferguson said in a press conference. Scarborough cited that the seven countries (now six) that were chosen for the ban were selected bipartisanly by Congress during the Obama administration as the nations that posed the greatest threat when it came to giving out visas. This holds open the possibility that the judge will rule only on the basis of the briefs and could kneecap the March 6th ban before it goes into effect.

"No one is above the law, not even the President - and I will hold him accountable to the Constitution", Ferguson said in a statement.

In response to Hawaii's lawsuit, the Department of Justice in court papers filed on Monday said the president has broad authority to "restrict or suspend entry of any class of aliens when in the national interest". U.S. District Judge James Robart in Washington state blocked the ban on February 3.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson is presiding over the Aloha State's case.

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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Another federal judge in Wisconsin, meanwhile, granted a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of the new ban, but only against one Syrian family.

The plaintiff, a Sunni Muslim, fled Syria to the United States in 2014 to "escape near-certain death" at the hands of sectarian military forces fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo, according to his lawsuit.

There, too, a hearing with both sides in the case is set for Wednesday morning.

The parliamentarian noted that the public opinion about Trump has been negatively influenced by his latest decision and should the United States judicial system adopt a wise approach, the reaction against the new decision will be similar to the one against his last order.

Grammy-winning DJ Zedd says he does not consider himself "a political person", but when President Donald Trump signed an immigration executive order that includes a travel ban, he could no longer stay silent. Capers' office had been tasked with defending Trump's first travel ban in a NY court - an assignment he punted down to his civil division chief. The letter states that the foreign policy establishment believes that the revised ban is equally as damaging for the reputation of the United States as the initial version of the order.

In arguing for a temporary restraining order, Chin claims that the travel ban will have "profound effects" on Hawaii by damaging its tourism industry - the state's "lead economic driver" - as well as disrupting the University of Hawaii's recruitment of students and faculty members. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision. Iraqi citizens, who wer included in the first draft of the executive order, will be allowed to travel to the USA under the revised ban.

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