(CitizensOutpost) Washington State’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson said on Thursday that he will join Hawaii in challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban.
Attorney general Bob Ferguson said he will ask a federal court to apply the current temporary restraining order to the new ban, arguing that it still suffers from legal flaws despite significant changes.
Defending the Constitution “cannot be a game of whack-a-mole,” Ferguson said.
A federal judge in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order last month halting the initial ban after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the order, which applied nationwide..
This announcement came a day after Hawaii became the first state to file a lawsuit to impede the revised ban stating that it was “antithetical to Hawaii’s state identity and spirit.”
In the complaint, Hawaii stated it’s suing to protect residents, businesses and schools. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Imam Ismail Elshikh of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, said the ban will keep his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting. The complaint is an effort to create legal standing for the suit which states the “executive order inflicts a grave injury on Muslims in Hawaii, including Dr. Elshikh, his family, and members of his mosque.”
Like the first travel ban, the lawsuit aims to have a judge impose a temporary restraining order to prevent the ban from taking effect until the lawsuit is reconciled.
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