US Hawaii seeks halt to Trump travel ban while legal challenge unfolds

21:25  07 july  2017
21:25  07 july  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Arguing that the new travel ban violates the U.S. Constitution, the state asked a Hawaii federal court to grant a temporary restraining order that should apply nationally. It is the first legal challenge to the revised order. Watson said the state could revise its initial lawsuit, which had challenged Trump 's

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Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin talks to the media at the U.S. District Court Ninth Circuit after seeking an extension after filing an amended lawsuit against President Donald Trump's new travel ban in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 29, 2017.© REUTERS/Hugh Gentry Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin talks to the media at the U.S. District Court Ninth Circuit after seeking an extension after filing an amended lawsuit against President Donald Trump's new travel ban in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 29, 2017. The state of Hawaii asked a federal appeals court on Friday to issue an emergency order blocking parts of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban while the state seeks clarification over which parts of the ban can take effect.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month let the ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries go forward with a limited scope, saying it could not apply to anyone with a credible "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity.

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The opposition comes on top of a separate legal challenge to the new ban brought by Hawaii . He says the ban will prevent his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting him. Will Donald Trump 's travel bans serve any purpose?

WATCH: Trump confident revised travel ban will standup to legal challenges . Ferguson said he was pleased that attorneys general from New York and Oregon had sought to take part in the legal action.

The Trump administration then decided that spouses, parents, children, fiancés and siblings would be exempt from the ban, while grandparents and other family members would be barred from travel.

Trump said the measure was necessary to prevent extremist attacks. However, opponents including states and refugee advocacy groups sued to stop it, disputing its security rationale and saying it discriminated against Muslims.

A Honolulu judge on Thursday rejected a request by Hawaii to narrow the government's implementation of the ban, saying the state should directly ask the Supreme Court to clarify its ruling.

Instead, Hawaii appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a court filing on Friday that the appeals court has the power to block the travel ban while it decides how to interpret the Supreme Court's ruling.

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The state of Hawaii said it will ask a federal court on Wednesday for an emergency halt to President Donald Trump ‘s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, becoming the first state to challenge the ban in court. Story continues below.

President Trump ’s revised travel ban will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-maj News LinksMore>>. Hawaii 's lawsuit challenging the travel ban focuses on damage to the state's economy and mainly tourism.

"Every day that passes is a day when our government is turning away human beings — from newborn children to elderly grandparents...," Hawaii wrote in its court filing.

A Justice Department spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Justice Department lawyers have argued that its definition of close family "hews closely" to language found in U.S. immigration law, while Hawaii's attorney general's office said other parts of immigration law include grandparents in that group.

The roll-out of the narrowed version of the ban was more subdued last week than in January when Trump first signed a more expansive version of the order. That sparked protests and chaos at airports around the country and the world.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Supreme Court gives Hawaii until Tuesday to answer Trump travel ban motion .
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by Tuesday at noon to President Donald Trump's motion to block a judge's ruling that prevented his travel ban from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, the court's public information office said on Saturday. 2 Credit Cards Charging 0% Interest Until 2019 See The Best 0% APR Cards Sponsored by NextAdvisor In a court filing on Friday, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday's decision by a U.S.

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