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Minnesota and Washington Attorneys General File Response to Revised Travel Ban Order

March 09, 2017 11:27 PM

The Minnesota Attorney General's Office filed a motion Thursday aiming to prevent the Trump administration's enforcement of a new travel ban executive order signed Monday by the President. 

Attorney General Lori Swanson filed the response in conjunction with the State of Washington in Washington District Court, saying the Trump administration must seek to have a court modify a federal judge’s original injunction before it can begin enforcement of the new ban March 16.

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The revised plan bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia. Iraq has been dropped from a list of seven countries included in the original ban. The new order no longer includes an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, nor does it give preferential treatment to Christian immigrants as did the original.

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“There are still constitutional problems with core provisions of this revised executive order, and the president does not get to decide if a new executive order is different enough to be clear from that underlying injunction,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington State attorney general. “The court decides that.”

Minnesota and Washington State were the first states to file lawsuits against the ban issued in February.

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