Hawaii to become first state to challenge Trump’s travel ban in court

Washington (IINA) � The state of Hawaii will ask a federal judge to block US President Donald Trump’s revised executive order barring the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, The Washington Post reported citing a court filing.

The action, which lawyers for the state hope to file Wednesday in Hawaii, would mark the first formal legal challenge to the order, which the president signed on Monday. Hawaii also sued over Trump’s first travel ban, and lawyers for the state told a judge in a court filing that they want to resume that litigation to ask for a temporary restraining order on the new directive.

Democrats and civil liberties groups had asserted soon after Trump signed a revised executive order that more litigation was all but certain because they consider the measure as a thinly veiled Muslim ban.

The new order, which is scheduled to take effect on March 16, reduces the list of affected countries from seven to six � removing Iraq while keeping Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Syria. It blocks only the issuance of new visas for citizens of the targeted countries for 90 days and keeps intact a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program.

Source: International Islamic News Agency