Three States Sue To Block Latest Muslim Travel Ban

The Hill reports:

Democratic attorneys general in three states announced Thursday that they will try to block the Trump administration’s new executive order on travel in court, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact.

In early February, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued an order blocking the first version of the administration’s ban, which covered immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. Robart’s ruling was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, forcing the Trump administration to issue a new travel ban earlier this week after some revisions.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said Thursday his office will file a motion asking Robart to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban, which is scheduled to go into effect next Thursday, March 16. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) will join Washington in challenging the new ban.

In a separate action, yesterday Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin filed suit on the grounds that the ban will hurt his state’s tourism industry as well as its educational institutions.