Revised Trump travel ban gets first legal blow

  • Revised Trump travel ban gets first legal blow

Revised Trump travel ban gets first legal blow

A federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family looking to escape their war-torn homeland by fleeing to Wisconsin.

The process restarted for the family and they are now preparing to travel to Jordan for visa interviews at the USA embassy, the last step before United States customs officials decide whether to issue them visas.

Federal judge in Wisconsin blocks impact on Syrian family as other courts mull broader relief.

The new travel ban is set to take effect March 16.

"The court appreciates that there may be important differences between the original executive order, and the revised executive order", Conley wrote in his decision, according to Reuters. That ruling was upheld by an appeals court in San Francisco.

The first order was hit by more than two dozen lawsuits, including a challenge brought by Washington state and joined by Minnesota. Hawaii filed a lawsuit challenging the new ban on Wednesday; other states with Democratic attorneys general plan to sue next week.

New York, Massachusetts, and OR say they'll join Washington and Minnesota's effort to get a temporary halt of the revised order banning travel to the United States from six mostly Muslim countries.

Lawyers representing immigrants and immigrant advocacy groups in Washington state also filed Friday afternoon for a restraining order against Trump's revised order.

The new directive, which temporarily closes United States borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries, was unveiled on Monday as a replacement for one issued in January that was blocked in the federal courts.

He set a hearing for March 21.

Attorney generals from Massachusetts, New York and OR also confirmed that they were planning to join the lawsuit.

Several of the states involved in those cases now appear to be lining up behind the Washington state-led suit, which obtained the most sweeping injunction against Trump's original travel ban directive. US District Judge James Robart in Washington state blocked the ban on February 3.

The judge's order also said he wants to see the states' amend their lawsuit to address the new executive order before he makes any ruling on it.

"President Trump's second executive order is still a Muslim ban", Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement. That process could be sped up by Robart's order Friday night.

Refugees are still halted from entering the country for 120 days, but the new order removed an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

"The revised executive order does narrow" its impact, but "there is still harm", Ferguson said in a news conference on Thursday.