Washington, March 9: Hawaii has become the first state in the US to file a lawsuit against President Dold Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Attorneys for the state filed the lawsuit against the US government on Wednesday in the federal court in Honolulu. The state had sued over Trump’s initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country, CNN reported.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin said the new version is fundamentally the same as the first, calling it “Muslim Ban 2.0”.
The revised order, which takes effect on March 16, places a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim tions and a 120-day ban on all refugees. It replaces an initial order issued in January, which sparked confusion at airports and mass protests in the US.
The previous order was subsequently halted by a federal court following legal challenges across the country.
Chin said that despite changes Trump made to his first executive order, the new one amounted to the same policy “dressed up differently”, the New York Times reported. (IANS)