California joins states challenging Trump's travel ban

Posted March 15, 2017

Donovan says Vermont was one of number of states that filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief offering arguments to support the lawsuit.

Other states that have filed briefs supporting Washington's initial lawsuit include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

In addition, the states of Washington and Minnesota asked Seattle-based U.S. District Court Judge James Robart to confirm that his existing injunction against key parts of Trump's original travel ban executive order blocks similar portions of the revised directive.

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

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the administration is confident the revised ban will stand up to legal scrutiny.

Trump's revised order removes language protecting religious minorities and does not revoke visas of travelers who have already obtained them.

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

President Donald J. Trump's official portrait. It also argues that the order will "hinder the States from effectuating the policies of religious tolerance and non discrimination enshrined in our laws and state constitutions".

After Trump's first order, Vermont colleges warned global students of potential travel complications should they leave the country during school breaks. He filed a federal lawsuit in Madison in February alleging Trump's first travel ban had stopped the visa process for them. The revised Executive Order will continue to harm the states.

Washington state filed an amended complaint Monday morning in an effort to halt the implementation of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban - one of several cases across the nation attacking the constitutionality of the executive order.

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When Robart froze Trump's original executive order, the president criticized him on Twitter, declaring him a "so-called judge" and deeming his ruling "ridiculous".

Critics see the same illegal moves, dubbing the new order "Muslim Ban 2.0". A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld Robart's stay.

The new Monday lawsuit comes after an abrupt nationwide purge of US attorneys - lawyers who represent the government in court - who were appointed by Barack Obama.

He came to the United States in 2014 and was granted asylum previous year. The letter then gestures-without detail or corroboration-toward "approximately 1000 pending domestic terrorism-related investigations" and "more than 300" refugees who were under investigation for "potential terrorism-related activities".

Under the new order, the refugee program would be suspended for 120 days.

Like the executive order on refugees and immigrants signed on January 27, this new version violates our core value of religious freedom; does grave, unnecessary harm to people around the world; and damages USA national security.

The first ban sparked numerous lawsuits, including the Syrian refugee's initial federal complaint in Wisconsin. What happens to the U.S. refugee resettlement program after 120 days?

While the Washington state lawsuit sits in legal limbo awaiting a responses from the government, the Hawaiian suit is progressing forward.

Conway said that over the past month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly successfully worked with the Iraqi government to qualify them to be removed from the list.