Hawaii plans legal challenge to latest Trump travel ban

President Donald Trump’s new US travel ban covering six mainly Muslin countries faces a challenge from Hawaii.

The state said it would seek a temporary restraining order against the revised executive order.

Hawaii’s suit against the original executive order in January was put on hold.

The new executive order keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the US by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but excludes Iraq, and applies only to new visa applicants.

Neal Katyal, one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii, told CNN: “To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one.”

But he said the new travel ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”

In a joint filing, Hawaii and the US government asked for oral arguments in the case to be held March 15, a day before the new travel order is set to take effect.

The US Justice Department said: “We are confident that the president’s actions are lawful to protect the national security of our country.”

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