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Federal Judge Won't Apply Stay To Revised Travel Ban

| by Brendan Kelly

A U.S. federal judge from Washington refused to apply the emergency stay used to halt President Donald Trump's first travel ban to his new, revised travel ban.

After Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries in January, U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart from Seattle, Washington, issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban. A group of states joined Robart in the effort to block Trump's executive order and halt the travel ban.

This week, Trump revised his executive order, which takes effect on March 16. According to The Hill, the revised executive order now temporarily blocks travel from six countries: Libya, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. 

On March 10, Judge Robart refused to apply the emergency stay to the revised order, reports Business Insider.

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Some legal experts have said that the revisions made to the executive order avoids problems that existed in the first. Iraqi citizens who were included in the first draft of the executive order will be allowed to travel to the U.S. under the revised ban.

The revised order also will not indefinitely ban Syrian refugees from entering the country, as the initial version did, but will instead halt acceptance of refugees for four months.

Hawaii filed a lawsuit which claims that the executive order will hurt the state's tourism industry, educational institutions, and businesses.

The state of Maryland also challenged the revised travel ban order.

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According to The New York Times, more than 130 foreign policy experts signed a letter denouncing the president's revised travel ban. The letter states that the foreign policy establishment believes that the revised ban is equally as damaging for the reputation of the United States as the initial version of the order.

The group of experts, which includes a number of former government officials, has told Trump that the ban, despite being revised, will "weaken U.S. security and undermine U.S. global leadership."

The letter says that the executive order sends a message to Muslim allies that the United States is an enemy of Islam, as the Islamic State believes.

According to The New York Times, the letter was also sent to members of Trump's administration, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, and acting director of national intelligence Michael P. Dempsey.

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

Sources: The HillBusiness Insider, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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