California joins 5 states opposing travel ban


California on Monday joined Washington state and four other states in challenging President Donald Trump's revised ban restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim states.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra signed on to an amended version of a lawsuit initially filed in federal court in Seattle by Washington on Jan. 30 over Trump's original travel ban.

The amended lawsuit charges that even though Trump's revised March 6 executive order is narrowed down from his Jan. 27 ban, it "suffers from many of the same constitutional and statutory deficiencies as the first executive order."

The new order, which goes into effect on Thursday, bars visitors and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the Trump administration reviews screening procedures. It bars refugees from all countries for 120 days.

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

The states' amended lawsuit claims the revised order, like the earlier version, unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of religion and denies due process.

The measure "harms the states' families, educational institutions, economies, businesses, health care systems, religious organizations and sovereign interests," the amended lawsuit says.

Becerra said in a statement, "The Trump administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn't change its unconstitutional intent and effect."

The amended lawsuit, filed Monday, asks U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle to rule that a preliminary injunction he issued against the first order remains in effect for the revised travel ban.

Robart on Monday instructed Trump and other top administration officials to respond to the amended lawsuit by Tuesday afternoon. He said he won't hold a hearing any sooner than Wednesday

In addition to Washington and California, states participating in the suit are Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon.

In a separate case, the state of Hawaii has filed its own amended lawsuit challenging the ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu is scheduled to consider Hawaii's bid for a nationwide injunction against the ban on Wednesday morning.

In the Washington state case, Robart on Feb. 3 issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking implementation of Trump's Jan. 27 ban. That ruling was unanimously upheld by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Feb. 9.

By filing an amended version of Washington's lawsuit, as opposed to a new lawsuit, the six states are able to keep the same trial judge.

Any appeals from Robart's or Watson's rulings in the two cases would go before the 9th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over nine western states.

Also Monday, California was one of 14 states participating in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Hawaii in its lawsuit.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by dennis
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

To protect the country is the number one obligation of the President. Trump is doing exactly what a responsible President should do concerning the state of the world and the attacks we have had in the past from Muslim terrorists. What a short memory liberalism has in America.

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Posted by Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm


At least people have given up on pretending it's not a Muslim ban. The fact of the matter is that right-wing terrorists mistaking Sikhs for Muslims have killed more people in America than have people from the countries affected by the Muslim ban. This does nothing to keep us safe.

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Posted by Hysteria
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 14, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Today's Lesson:

FACT: Majority Muslim Countries Under the TEMPORARY travel ban:
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen

FACT: Majority Muslim Countries NOT under the travel ban:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovenia, Brunei, Burkinafaso, Chad, Comoos, Dibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mayotte, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tunesia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara

FACT: Other Million+ Muslim Countries
India, China, France, UK....on and on

This is not a Muslim Ban. This is a ban against potential terrorist countries. It is no different than that which President Obama's administration identified. Stop with the hysteria.

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Posted by Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm


Why did Trump campaign on banning all Muslims from entering the country? If it's focused on terrorism, why is it a set of countries where we've had zero deaths on American soil by people from these countries?

I'll be waiting for your answers before the next class. Hopefully, you don't get an F again...

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Posted by Hysteria
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm

How many deaths on American soil before you think we should start vetting?

Obama's administration identified these as countries who do not properly or safely vet those leaving the country. Obama. Not Trump. Obama. So why is it now this huge issue for you @Nice? Explain to me how this is some kind of "Muslim Ban" as you so want to insist, if so why is it only 6 out of over 50 Muslim majority countries?

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Posted by Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm

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Posted by Hysteria
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

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Posted by Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

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Posted by Maddison
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:13 am

I hope Donald Trump will lift the ban under pressure comming from the various states. My brother has lost the job opportunity because of it. He lives in Ireland and was about to move to USA to work... Thanks, Trump!

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Posted by Hope
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:02 am

Hope is a registered user.

It’s amazing to me when people imagine the boogey man, Muslim Terrorists everywhere, from hijacking self-driving cars to lurking in parking lots, to spying in microwave ovens. Yet they fail to address REAL statistics in our country.

100,000 deaths per year due to infections at hospitals-
4,000 women die per year due to domestic violence
33,000 die per year in car accidents
Toddlers with guns kill themselves and others more that terrorists
33,000 deaths due to gun violence
50,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses

AND why are we NOT talking about the mentally ill citizens in our country who take a gun and randomly kill people. They are by far white and male!

Real story: PRESIDIO, Texas -- Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote ... near Mexican border blamed immigrants, but really shot each other.

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