Tech Firms Reject Second Trump Travel Ban

In a new court filing Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law.

Court orders from judges in Maryland and Hawaii on Wednesday could decide the immediate fate of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, which is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Thursday.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that California would sign on as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the ban's constitutionality.

The reworked executive order, unveiled earlier this month, blocks entry to the United States to people from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and temporarily shuts down the country's refugee program.

The executive order, which would temporarily suspend immigration from six countries as well as the USA refugee program, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday.

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If the new ban goes ahead, advocacy groups said that lawyers will once again head to worldwide airports to assist anyone who might be improperly detained or prevented from entering, said to Betsy Fisher, the policy director at the global Refugee Assistance Project. In a friend of the court brief filed in Hawaii federal court, they implored the court to suspend Trump's new immigration order.

On Friday, Robart ruled that neither the Justice Department or the states had properly teed up the issues for him, and requested more formal briefings.

The ban differs from Trump's broader January 27 order in that it no longer applies to people from Iraq and does not exclude people who have visas or legal permanent USA residency.

Federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland have already scheduled hearings for Wednesday in the latest chapter of the uproar over a measure that Trump says is necessary to keep extremists from entering the United States.

An injunction placed on the first order by a federal judge in Washington state applied to the section on refugees of a "minority religion" and three other sections of the order.

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"Bans like those included in this order are harmful to USA national security and beneath the dignity of our great nation", the letter read.

The Department of Justice lawyers said the president has broad discretion to implement immigration policy and warned against the courts curbing those powers.

The White House reworked the first executive order to address some of the issues that came up in court, but the main points are largely the same. Unlike the original order, it says people with visas won't be affected and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.

Watson said he wasn't convinced the order itself has religious connotations.

Hawaii sued in conjunction with a plaintiff named Ismail Elshikh, an American citizen from Egypt who is an imam at the Muslim Association of Hawaii. Indeed, Trump might even be looking to save face with this sheared down version of his previous executive order.

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“Informal statements by the president or his surrogates, ” before or after the election, “that do not directly concern the order are irrelevant, ” the government lawyers said.