Hawaii seeks chance to challenge Trump’s third travel ban

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A US federal judge says he would give the state of Hawaii an opportunity to make its case that it should be allowed to challenge President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban.

US District Court Judge for the District of Hawaii Derrick Watson said Friday that Hawaii would have until Tuesday to file a new motion and the Trump administration will have until October 14 to respond.

Trump’s third travel ban, which was announced September 24 and takes effect October 18, affects the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

The ban removes Sudan from the list of affected countries and adds Chad and North Korea, along with several officials from the government of Venezuela. Iraq, which was affected in the initial travel ban, was removed from the list in March.

Hawaii State Attorney General Doug Chin said the new ban still discriminates on the basis of nationality, exceeds the president's legal authority, and seeks to implement his Muslim ban.

Chin has been challenging Trump on travel bans since February, after the US president sought to block new visas for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Revised a few times, the ban originally followed a campaign pledge by Trump for a “complete” shutdown of Muslims entering the US on the pretext of preventing terrorist attacks in the US.

The initial travel ban, as well as the revised order, was blocked by federal judges in several US states.

In June, however, the US Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to reinstate parts of the revised travel ban, after months of legal battle between the government and some states in federal courts.


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