U.S. states mount legal challenge to Trump's revised travel ban

U.S. states mount legal challenge to Trump's revised travel ban

February 3: U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart grants Ferguson's temporary restraining order, halting the travel ban nationwide. The second travel ban tries to fill that gap with a few vague statements in a conveniently timed letter from two members of Mr Trump's cabinet.

Critics argue that, even though the new order exempts holders of valid visas and permanent residents with so-called green cards, it will have a very negative effect on schools and universities and the business world, mainly the high tech sector, which employs many highly skilled immigrants. Iraq was removed from the list after its government agreed to enhanced screening of its citizens, and the indefinite ban on Syrians was dropped.

If Judge Robart takes up quickly the new plea to ban enforcement of the policy, that would mean three federal judges were weighing such requests on expedited schedules this week.

President Donald J. Trump's official portrait.

"Most fundamentally, the revised order prevents states from honoring the commitments to openness, tolerance and diversity that lie at the heart of our state constitutions and laws".

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After Trump's first order, Vermont colleges warned worldwide students of potential travel complications should they leave the country during school breaks.

Most people who want to come to the United States do not want to harm others or become a drain on the system - they come for opportunity and a better life.

"Regardless of the administration's efforts to clean up the language in this latest version of the President's travel ban, it continues to unlawfully discriminate against people due to their religion, nationality or country of birth", said Matt Adams, legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

The amicus brief highlights that the initial Executive Order has already caused concrete irreparable harm to the states' residents, institutions and businesses.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), meanwhile, has released a poll showing that almost four in 10 (37 percent) of its US business travel agents expect "some level of reduction" in their company's travel because of the new order.

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He explained that the parties hadn't technically asked him to rule on any new request yet, and therefore, declined to resolve any of the outstanding issues until one side filed a procedurally proper motion under local and federal rules.

The fatal flaw of the first travel ban was its complete lack of a justification.

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.

Sessions and Kelly wrote that a pause on immigration is necessary to review vetting procedures in these countries. The city forecasts welcoming 300,000 fewer global visitors in 2017, representing a 2.1% decrease on last year's figures.

The new ban goes into effect March 16 and bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the US refugee program. The suspension does not apply to refugees whose travel details will be confirmed by the formal implementation of the order on Wednesday. It retained the refugee ban, but did not specify that Syrians would be kept out for longer; instead, all refugees are barred from the US indefinitely.

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But by pausing the refugee program, the approval process could fall apart. Like the original, it suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and cuts down the total number of refugees admitted to the United States to 50,000, less than half of the original 110,000.

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