Revised travel ban: 130 experts say it puts USA interests at risk

Revised travel ban: 130 experts say it puts USA interests at risk

U.S. District Judge James Robart said in an order motions or a complaint over the revised ban must be filed before he can make a decision.

Attorneys general from Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and California confirmed they are also planning to join the lawsuit in Seattle. It kicked off last week when Hawaii's Attorney General Douglas Chin said that the Aloha State could not stay silent on the ban because of Hawaii's unique culture and history.

Such was the urgency of President Trump's temporary travel ban on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries that he characterized its suspension by federal courts last month as a grave threat to national security. The new version still will halt for 120 days all refugee resettlement, though it removed the original order's permanent ban on refugees from Syria and exemptions for religious minorities, namely Christians.

The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

The revised travel ban is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday, March 16.

An Iranian lawmaker likened the new immigration ban by US President Donald Trump, which denies entry to citizens of several countries, to beating a dead horse.

Demonstrators rally against the Trump administration's new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the White House in Washington, March 6.

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So far, three states have challenged the revised executive order, and other states, as well as organizations, plan to do the same. "This Court's original injunction protected these individuals and institutions, and the Ninth Circuit rejected Defendants' request to narrow the injunction to exclude them".

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Robart is also the judge who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of the initial ban.

The US Justice Department is continuing to defend the ban.

The Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act was enacted in 2008 to give certain categories of Iraqis priority access to USA resettlement under the refugee program.

The attorney general also cited the statements of Stephen Miller, one of Trump's senior advisers, who said on February 21 that the difference between the two executive orders was "mostly minor technical differences".

"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.