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More States Are Challenging Trump's New Travel Ban

Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Minnesota and Washington argue the revised ban is still unconstitutional.
Posted at 10:23 AM, Mar 10, 2017

More states are challenging the Trump administration's new travel ban.

Earlier this week, attorneys for the state of Hawaii filed a suit in federal court. They asked the judge to grant a temporary restraining order against the revised executive order.

Now, a handful of other states are following suit: Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Minnesota and Washington argue the new ban is still unconstitutional.

The order signed Monday bars people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.

Hawaii's attorney general deemed it "Muslim Ban 2.0."

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson successfully sued to block the first executive order in February. An appeals judge in Seattle granted a nationwide stay citing religious discrimination, among other things.

"If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible. ... And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them," Trump saidin a January interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Ferguson believes the rationale that stopped the first ban should extend to this one, too. The new order is set to take effect March 16.