Monday, March 13, 2017

Washington and Other States Seek Fast Hearing on Trump Travel Ban 2.0

Washington and five other States trying to Block President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban targeting predominantly Muslim Nations are seeking a Tuesday Hearing before a Federal Judge in Seattle.

In a New Complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the New Travel Ban is Unconstitutional and harms State Residents, Universities and Businesses, especially Tech Companies like Microsoft and Amazon that rely on Foreign Workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Oregon have joined Washington in the Legal Action.

“No one is above the law, not even the President — and I will hold him accountable to the Constitution,” Ferguson said in a statement. “Cutting some illegal aspects of President Trump’s original travel ban does not cure his affront to our Constitution.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the Order, despite being changed, represents an attack on people based on their Religion or National Origin.

Trump’s revised Ban blocks New Visas for people from six predominantly Muslim Countries: Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.

It also temporarily shuts down the U.S. Refugee Program. Unlike the original Order, the New one says Current, before March 16th, Visa and Green Card holders won’t be affected, and it removes language that would give Priority to Religious Minorities.

Ferguson acknowledged the changes to the Order, but said the Revised Ban still “bars entry for virtually all other individuals from the listed countries,” including Relatives of U.S. Citizens, Students who have been admitted to State Universities, and people who might seek work at Schools and Businesses.

“This Court’s original injunction protected these individuals and institutions,” Washington’s New Court Filing said. Washington State said the Federal Government can’t enforce the New Travel ban unless it asks Robart to modify his Original Temporary Restraining Order.

“Until they do so, they cannot escape the injunction and continue their illegal conduct,” the Filing said.

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