Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump Faces Four Lawsuits Over His Latest Attempt To Implement His Muslim Ban

Massachusetts, New York and Washington state declared Thursday that they will follow Hawaii in challenging the Trump administration's revised "travel" order.

The four states have declared that Trump's latest executive order still amounts to an unconstitutional ban on Muslims.

The first state to file was Hawaii when Attorney General Douglas Chin filed suit to block the revised ban arguing it will disrupt families, harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students and is "antithetical to Hawaii's state identity and spirit."

Next to file was Washington state when attorney general Bob Ferguson, who successfully sued to block Trump's first travel ban, said he will ask a federal court to extend the current temporary restraining order to cover the new one.

Shortly afterward, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced he would join the court fight.

Then it was Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey, who described the president's latest order as an attempt to "make good on his campaign promise to implement a Muslim ban."

The attorneys general maintain that while the travel ban has been narrowed in the latest version it has not been cured of it's constitutional problems.

This latest attempt to implement a Muslim ban comes after last months temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge in Seattle halting the initial ban and then the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refusal to reinstate the order, which applied nationwide.

The revised executive order bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya — and temporarily halts the U.S. refugee program.

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