8 Mar 2017

Hawaii launches legal challenge to revised US travel ban

3:25 pm on 8 March 2017

The American state of Hawaii is the first state to confirm a legal challenge to the President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has drawn up a second revised travel ban with changes aimed at making it easier to defend in the courts. Photo: AFP

In a court document, it said it intends to seek a temporary restraining order against Donald Trump's new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump administration this week issued the new executive order, replacing an earlier, more-sweeping one that was successfully challenged in court by the state of Washington.

The new order, will keep a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

The new directive delays implementation to limit the disruption that created havoc for some travellers when Mr Trump issued his original order. It was due to take effect on 16 March, the White House said.

More than two dozen lawsuits were filed in US courts against the original travel ban and the state of Washington succeeded in having it suspended by the 9th Circuit court of Appeals by arguing that it violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination.

Mr Trump publicly criticised judges who ruled against him and vowed to fight the case in the Supreme Court, but then decided to draw up a new order with changes aimed at making it easier to defend in the courts.

- Reuters

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