California joins multi-state lawsuit against revised immigration order
- Author: Santos West Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:06
Washington state filed an amended complaint Monday morning in an effort to halt the implementation of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban - one of several cases across the nation attacking the constitutionality of the executive order.
Robart issued a restraining order against the initial ban, a ruling that was later upheld by the USA 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Syrian man filed a new complaint on Friday afternoon, alleging the new order is still an anti-Muslim ban that violates his freedom of religion and right to due process.
Trump's executive order temporarily restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday.
In the original lawsuit targeting the first ban, Ferguson said it was unconstitutional and hurt the state's businesses and universities.
But the judge cited procedural reasons for not doing so. Other lawsuits - including one in Maryland from Cox's organization - can simply change their previous complaints instead of filing new lawsuits.
It's unclear whether the new ban applies to asylum seekers like the Syrian family.
Tehran has said it will take reciprocal action in the face of the United States travel ban on Iranians and refuse visas to U.S. citizens. He said he's had his days in court with the first travel ban - and he won "each time".
Following Trump's initial ban, Iraqi lawmakers had voted for a travel ban on U.S. citizens.
The states claim the order in both versions amounts to an unconstitutional ban on Muslims, though Trump spokesman Sean Spicer counters that the administration believed the revised travel ban will stand up to legal scrutiny. The states may also try to go to the Supreme Court if their new challenges falter.
January 27: President Donald Trump signs the first executive order, which goes into effect immediately.
Because of those statements, Cox compared the government's revised ban to a company caught discriminating in its hiring. Trump supporters say the president is fulfilling his campaign promises to protect Americans.
"President Trump's second executive order is still a Muslim ban".
Iraq was taken off the banned list because its government boosted visa screening and data sharing, White House officials said.
Unlike the previous travel ban, lawful permanent USA residents and persons who possess legitimate documentation will not be affected.
Ismail Elshikh is a plaintiff in the state's challenge and says the ban will prevent his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting.
The new order includes exemptions for visa and green card holders. Critics of the Trump administration had argued that this was an unlawful policy showing preference to Christian refugees.