Trump’s first attempt to ban refugees and seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States was halted by the courts thus causing the administration to revise the order.
The new order states that virtually the same thing as the original order. The ban that denied entrance to the US from seven Muslim-majority nations has been cut down to six countries now with Iran being able to enter the US.
With the newly revised order Democratic attorney generals in four states announced Thursday that they will try to block it, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) announced on Thursday that his office will be filing a motion asking U.S. District Judge James Robart, who issued the order blocking the first version of the ban, to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban. The new order is set to go into effect next Thursday, March 16.
“We’ve won in court, and the president has had to honor those defeats,” Ferguson told reporters at a press conference in Seattle. “It’s my expectation that we will continue to prevail, and certainly my expectation that the president will continue to respect the decision of the court.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) will join Washington in challenging the new ban.
“President Trump’s latest executive order is a Muslim ban by another name, imposing policies and protocols that once again violate the Equal Protection Clause and Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Ferguson isn’t the first one to take legal action against the new travel ban.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin filed suit in federal court on Wednesday alleging the travel ban would hurt Hawaii’s tourism industry and its businesses, along with Hawaii educational institutions.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday the administration remains hopeful that its new ban will survive court scrutiny.
“I think we feel very comfortable that the executive order that was crafted is consistent with — we’re going to go forward on this — but I think by all means, I don’t— we feel very confident with how that was crafted and the input that was given,” Spicer said Thursday.