Federal judge not ready to rule on blocking new travel ban

California will be joining Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, New York, and MA in challenging the travel ban before a federal judge, Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday.

Top prosecutor says at least three other states are expected to join his motion against new ban.
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A United States judge has declined to issue an emergency order banning President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

A federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing March 15 in Honolulu on Hawaii's request for an emergency order to block enforcement of the new order.

Trump's revised ban bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries: Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration believes the revised travel ban will stand up to legal scrutiny. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Washington state blocked the entire order on February 3.

Ferguson has referred to Trump's signing of a new executive order as "legal whack-a-mole".

Hawaii has also filed suit against the new order, as have rights groups and immigrant advocacy associations, which filed papers with a judge in Maryland.

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Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that California would sign on as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the ban's constitutionality.

While the new order contains changes, the basic legal problems remain, said Washington's attorney general, Bob Ferguson.

Trump's counselor pointed to Iraq's removal from the revised list is a "great signal" as to how other nations, which are known to "harbor, train or export terrorists", can be removed from the ban.

January 27: President Donald Trump signs the first executive order, which goes into effect immediately. Ms. Ali, a US citizen, began the process to bring him to the United States in August 2016.

"Rarely in American history has governmental intent to discriminate against a particular faith and its adherents been so plain", the complaint says, alleging the new order will cause "irreparable harm" and asking for an injunction.

Unlike the first order, the new ban will not affect current visa holders and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.

But the family doesn't have dates for the interviews yet and Trump's new travel ban goes into effect March 16, stirring fears that the process could halt again before visas are issued, according to the Syrian man's attorneys. A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld Robart's stay.

Among the 134 signatories were some who had served in either Republican or Democratic administrations, or both, including former senior diplomat Nicholas Burns, former National Security Council counter-terrorism director Richard Clarke and former undersecretary of defence Michele Flournoy.

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