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March 10, 2017

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Faces New Legal Challenges

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he will ask the same judge who issued an injunction against the original travel ban to confirm that that injunction also applies to similar portions of the new executive order.

“The revised executive order does narrow the scope of who is impacted by it, but that does not mean it has cured its constitutional problems,” Ferguson told The Seattle Times at a news conference.

Meanwhile, a judge has granted Oregon’s request to join the lawsuit against the new ban. Minnesota, New York and Massachusetts have also joined the legal challenge.

The latest lawsuits come after Hawaii became the first state to file a lawsuit to stop the revised travel ban. Attorneys for the state filed a lawsuit against the executive order Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu.

In response to the new policy, the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) coalition has said that the revised order doesn’t address several meetings industry concerns

“We recognize the substantially more cautious and deliberate introduction of the revised executive order on travel and immigration, however, several of the industry’s initial concerns remain unaddressed,” said Meetings Mean Business (MMB) co-chairs Richard Harper and Paul Van Deventer in a written statement. “Our industry is centered on bringing people together, fostering relationships, driving positive outcomes, and supporting communities where meetings and events are held,” said Harper and Van Deventer. “We reiterate our belief that striking the right balance between enhanced security and travel facilitation is of the utmost importance. We also continue to urge that the security reviews prescribed by the executive orders be concluded as quickly as possible.”

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), meanwhile, has released a poll in which 45 percent of GBTA members said that their company would be less willing to plan future meetings and events in the United States due to the new policy

The revised executive order bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya – dropping Iraq, which was part of the original ban. The new order also suspends the United States’ refugee program for 120 days, and lowers the cap on refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 per year.

Other changes: travelers from the affected countries who are legal permanent residents of the United States, dual nationals who use a passport from another country and those who have been granted asylum or refugee status are exempt from the new order. Additionally, current visa holders will be able to get into the country, although those whose visas expire will have to reapply.

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