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U.S. judge allows Hawaii to challenge Trump's new travel ban

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:33

The state of Hawaii can sue over President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily banning the entry of refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Nathan Frandino reports.

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"It is the President's solemn duty to protect the American people." President Donald Trump's new executive order on immigration in court again... with the state of Hawaii seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruling Wednesday that Hawaii can sue the Trump administration over the order, which was revised to replace an earlier, more-sweeping one. The original ban signed in January prompted chaos and protests at airports and was challenged in courts across the U.S., including in Hawaii. The new order keeps in place a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but removes Iraq from the original list. Legal U.S. residents and existing visa holders are now exempt from the ban... and waivers are possible for some business, diplomatic and other travelers. Hawaii claims the revised ban violates the U.S. Constitution and seeks an emergency halt to the order. Immigration advocates say the new order discriminates against Muslims... while the administration defends it as lawful and necessary. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEFF SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "Like every nation, the United States has a right to control who enters our coutnry, and to keep out those who would do us harm." A hearing is set for March 15th, a day before the new ban is to go into effect.

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U.S. judge allows Hawaii to challenge Trump's new travel ban

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:33