Offbeat Lawyers challenging Trump’s new travel ban hope for court action by Wednesday

22:11  14 march  2017
22:11  14 march  2017 Source:   MSN

Four states suing to block Trump's new travel ban

  Four states suing to block Trump's new travel ban <p>Democratic attorneys general in four states announced Thursday that they will try to block the Trump administration's revised executive order on travel in court, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact.</p>In early February, U.S. District Judge James Robart issued an order blocking the first version of the ban, which applied visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries and all immigrants. Robart's ruling was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leading the Trump administration to issue the new order on Monday.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U. S . Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments on Tuesday on the Trump administration’ s challenge to a lower court ruling putting the temporary travel ban on hold. The appeals court said it would rule as soon as possible but not on Wednesday .

Donald Trump introduced a new travel ban on Monday. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii said the state could revise its initial lawsuit, which had challenged Mr Trump ' s original ban signed in January.

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Lawyers for immigrants and refugees say they hope the same federal judge in Seattle who blocked President Trump’s first travel ban will act Tuesday night to halt the president’s revised order before it takes effect Thursday.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has ordered the Trump administration’s lawyers to submit a brief by 4:30 p.m. Pacific time (7:30 p.m. EST) in a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington against the president’s latest order, which will suspend the U.S. refu­gee program and temporarily bar the issuance of new visas to citizens of six-Muslim majority countries.

Federal judge declines to halt revised Trump travel ban

  Federal judge declines to halt revised Trump travel ban <p>A U.S. federal court on Friday refused to put an emergency halt to Republican President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.</p>States led by Washington and Minnesota challenged Trump's original executive order, issued in January, which sought to restrict travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and stop refugees from entering the U.S.

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump ' s new travel ban , which is expected to be released as soon as Wednesday . (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren).

The state of Hawaii requested emergency court intervention on Wednesday to halt a revised executive order from President Donald Trump placing US entry restrictions on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries. Arguing that the new travel ban violates the US Constitution

“Time is of the essence,” said Peter Lavallee, spokesman for the Washington state Attorney General’s office, which filed the lawsuit with the support of several other states. “We’ll just wait to see what happens.”

Other court hearings are scheduled in similar cases in Hawaii and in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., on Wednesday. A ruling late Tuesday from Robart, who has been the target of bitter criticism by Trump, would alleviate the pressure on them as the cases make their way through the federal courts.

“We believe that the injunction issued in Seattle should remain in force and that the government has not provided a reason why the injunction should be vacated,” said Lee Gelernt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing a refu­gee-rights organization in a similar case in Maryland.

Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump

  Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump <p>When Johnathan Smith resigned from the U.S. Justice Department on Inauguration Day, he looked forward to spending time with his infant son, but that plan unraveled a week later when President Donald Trump unveiled his explosive foreign travel ban.</p>Within two weeks, Smith had a new job as legal director of civil rights group Muslim Advocates and was drafting briefs for a successful court challenge to the ban, joining other former top Obama administration lawyers now fighting Trump.

Legal challenges against Trump ' s revised travel ban mounted Thursday as Washington state said it would renew its request to block the executive order. It came a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit, and Ferguson said both Oregon and New York had asked to join his state's legal action .

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump ' s new travel ban , which is expected to be released as soon as Wednesday . less.

In February, Robart suspended Trump’s first travel ban, a broad executive order issued Jan. 27 that suspended the refu­gee program, halted travel of citizens of seven Muslim majority countries, including those who already had been issued visas, and triggered chaos and protests at airports worldwide.

When Robart froze Trump’s original executive order, the president criticized him on Twitter, declaring him a “so-called judge” and deeming his ruling “ridiculous.” But a three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously upheld the judge’s decision and kept Trump’s travel ban on hold.

Instead of appealing, Trump issued a revised order on March 6. The Justice Department has said the new measure supersedes the restraining order imposed on the initial ban, and will be enforced starting Thursday. On Monday, the state of Washington asked the court to stop the administration from doing so.

Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump

  Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump <p>When Johnathan Smith resigned from the U.S. Justice Department on Inauguration Day, he looked forward to spending time with his infant son, but that plan unraveled a week later when President Donald Trump unveiled his explosive foreign travel ban.</p>Within two weeks, Smith had a new job as legal director of civil rights group Muslim Advocates and was drafting briefs for a successful court challenge to the ban, joining other former top Obama administration lawyers now fighting Trump.

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump ' s new travel ban , which is expected to be released as soon as Wednesday . (Photo: Ted S. Warren / AP).

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump ' s new travel ban , which is expected to be released as soon as Wednesday . (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren).

“Injunctions are not suggestions,” lawyers for the state of Washington wrote. “When a court enjoins a defendant from enforcing policies, the defendant cannot evade the injunction by announcing that it will continue only some of the illegal policies.”

The new order reduces the list of affected countries from seven to six — removing Iraq, while keeping Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Syria. The order blocks the issuance of new visas for 90 days — exempting those with green cards or visas in hand — and spells out a robust list of people who could apply for exemptions.

The order maintains a 120-day freeze on the refugee program, and slashed the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.

Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson acknowledged that the administration had “capitulated on numerous key provisions that we contested in court,” but he and several other states urged Robart to freeze the new order as well. In a court filing, Ferguson pointed to comments by Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller that the new executive order would address “very technical issues” and achieve “the same basic policy outcome.”

Lawyers challenging Trump’s new travel ban hope for court action by Wednesday

  Lawyers challenging Trump’s new travel ban hope for court action by Wednesday Revised travel ban to take effect Thursday unless judges in Washington state, Maryland or Hawaii act to block it.U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has ordered the Trump administration’s lawyers to submit a brief by 4:30 p.m. Pacific time (7:30 p.m. EST) in a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington against the president’s latest order, which will suspend the U.S. refu­gee program and temporarily bar the issuance of new visas to citizens of six-Muslim majority countries.

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The new order undoubtedly reduces the number of people with standing to sue, but civil liberties advocates and others say it is still legally problematic. Washington and other states have said the imposes economic harm on them, and that, like the first ban, it is unconstitutional because it is intended to discriminate against Muslims.

The administration has disputed that characterization and said the order is necessary for national security. The administration also argues that there is no need to freeze the order while people challenge it in court because it does “no imminent harm.”

“No visa is revoked. No lawful permanent resident traveling abroad is barred from returning,” the Justice Department said in a brief filed Monday in the Maryland lawsuit. “Nobody lawfully in the United States loses any prior ability to leave the country to travel and later return. Plaintiffs, in short, identify no cataclysm that will befall them on March 16 or any time soon thereafter.”

But refu­gee resettlement organizations say Trump’s executive orders are putting families from war-ravaged nations at risk.

Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service , the second-largest refugee-resettlement agency in the United States, said “the biggest hit for refugees” is that the president has sharply curtailed the number of refugees fleeing war and other dangers from coming to America.

As of March 10, she said, 37,658 refugees have arrived in the United States this fiscal year. If Trump’s ban remains in effect, little more than 12,000 more will be allowed in this year. She said that would leave 60,000 refugees who had hoped to come to this country with no place to go.

“Essentially the door is slamming shut,” Bellow said. “Who knows what cues other countries will take if we just shut the door?”

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Appeals court sets hearing on travel ban .
The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., Thursday agreed to move quickly in hearing the government's appeal of a lower court order that blocked President Trump's revised travel ban. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals set the hearing for 1 p.m. on May 8.District judges in Hawaii and Maryland issued separate orders earlier this mon th blocking the executive order that temporarily bans nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. hours before it was set to take effect.Trump decided to appeal Maryland's order so his appeal would be heard by the Fourth Circuit.

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