US President Donald Trump Signs New Travel Ban Directive

The directive, which includes a one hundred and twenty-day ban on all refugees, takes effect on 16 March. But if Trump had hoped to avoid legal troubles with the new revision, Thursday's news spells trouble.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted the new order as a ban on Mulims entering the U.S.

The changes will make the new order tougher to fight in court, but they "will not quell litigation or concerns", Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University Law School, said in a written statement. He issued a temporary restraining order barring enforcement against the family.

Washington's request is separate from the new lawsuit that the state of Hawaii filed Wednesday against Trump's new executive order.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that his state would also join the lawsuit, saying "President Trump's second executive order is still a Muslim ban". The order does not apply to travelers who already have visas, unlike the initial order.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson (l) and Solicitor General Noah Purcell (r): The state will press its legal case against President Trump's revised travel ban, insisting that it must pass court muster.

Hawaii was the first state to file a lawsuit against the new measure.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly explained that the new ban on travel and immigration from the six countries in the Middle East was a necessary step for homeland security.

Put simply, the Justice Department said in a court filing that the injunction issued by Judge Robart on February 3 "does not limit the government's ability to immediately begin enforcing the new executive order".

The new order is much more narrowly tailored.

According to the Post, Healey's office dropped its case in MA against the first travel ban voluntarily and will consolidate legal efforts to challenge what Healey called the Trump administration's "unlawful immigration policies".

Trump's revised ban temporarily bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries: Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

Courts could find it compelling that the executive order does not cover all Muslims from all countries, NY immigration attorney Ted Ruthizer said.

The 9th Circuit's ruling did not deal with those arguments, but the court said it would evaluate them after further briefing.

The state's complaint says it is suing to protect its residents, businesses and schools, as well as its "sovereignty against illegal actions of President Donald J Trump and the federal government".

  • Larry Hoffman