Trump travel ban: US states launch legal challenges

Several US states have launched legal challenges against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

Mr Trump signed an executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries on Monday.

New York maintains the new directive is a ban on Muslims while Washington says it is harmful to the state. Oregon and Massachusetts later also joined.

The ban begins on 16 March, with the White House saying it is “very confident” of winning in court.

Mr Trump’s original order was more expansive but it was defeated after a legal challenge initially mounted by Washington and Minnesota.

Lawyers for those states say their original complaint applies to the revised order and are pursuing their cases.

Other states have joined the bid too, while Hawaii has launched a separate action.
Which states have launched challenges and why?

Oregon – said the order hurts residents, employers, universities health care system and economy

Washington – it has “same illegal motivations as the original” and harms residents, although fewer than the first ban

Minnesota – questioned the legality of the move, suggesting the Trump administration can’t override the initial ban with a fresh executive order

New York – “a Muslim ban by another name”, said the attorney general

Massachusetts – new ban “remains a discriminatory and unconstitutional attempt to make good on his campaign promise to implement a Muslim ban”

Hawaii – argued it would harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students

The revised ban bars new visas for people from: Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. It also temporarily blocks all refugees.

The previous order, which Mr Trump signed in January, was blocked in federal courts and sparked mass protests as well as confusion at airports.

But critics maintain the revised travel ban discriminates against Muslims.

Source: BBC