Written by Staff Writer
08 Mar, 2017 | 10:13 am
Attorneys for the state of Hawaii explained that they will be filing a motion on Wednesday asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of the new executive order.
President Trump signed a new executive order on Monday that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries- Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen-; dropping Iraq from January’s previous order, and reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees. However, the amended order explicitly exempts citizens of the six banned countries who are legal US permanent residents or have valid visas to enter the US. This new order will take effect on March 16th.
“To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one,” Neal Katyal, one of Hawaii’s lead attorneys said in an interview with CNN. He also stressed that the new order still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”
Trump’s initial travel ban passed in January was implemented poorly and caused mass protests throughout the United States with citizens picketing outside of airports and on the streets. It was felt that the Trump administration had specifically targeted Muslims with the unconstitutional order. The ban was deemed unfair and federal judges took a decision to halt it with a nationwide temporary restraining order.
Attorney Jeff Sessions defended the new executive order saying “We cannot compromise our nation’s security by allowing visitors entry when their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly, or when those governments actively support terrorism”.
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