After Washington state renewed its request to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, Hawaii filed its own lawsuit and New York, Oregon, and Massachusetts signaled intentions to join Washington’s legal challenge to the new executive order against six predominantly Muslim countries.
The revised executive order prevents new visas from being issued to people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen. It also temporarily halts the U.S. refugee program that has been taking in refugees from these nations and others where ISIS atrocities and war have displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
Here's a look at each state's stance:
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday the state would ask Judge James Robart, who granted the original injunction, to rule that the same restraining order applies to the revised ban.
Because of its dependence on tourism, Hawaii has filed a suit alleging the ban will have “profound” and “detrimental” effects on the state’s economy. It also said the ban discriminates against Muslims and denies them due process.
New York has been the site of many protests against the travel ban, particularly at JFK airport and other locations where travelers were turned away due to the initial ban. New York plans to join Washington state’s lawsuit in hopes that several states banding together will be able to send a strong message.
Massachusetts pledged Thursday to join Washington state's lawsuit, with the state's Attorney General Maura Healey saying Trump's travel ban "remains a discriminatory and unconstitutional attempt to make good on his campaign promise to implement a Muslim ban." The state voluntarily dropped its action against the original travel ban in order to join forces with the other states.
The original travel ban revoked visas from current holders and gave priority to religious minorities. This language does not appear in the revised ban.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the administration is sure the revised executive order will pass legal scrutiny.
“We feel very confident with how that was crafted and the input that was given,” Spicer said, The Associated Press reported.
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