Legal challenges against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban mounted Thursday as Washington state said it would renew its request to block the executive order.
It came a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit, and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said both Oregon and New York had asked to join his state’s legal action.
Washington was the first state to sue over the original ban, which resulted in Judge James Robert in Seattle halting its implementation around the country. Ferguson said the state would ask Robart to rule that his temporary restraining order against the first ban applies to Trump’s revised action.
Ferguson said it’s not the government, but the court, that gets to decide whether the revised order is different enough that it would not be covered by previous temporary restraining order.
“It cannot be a game of whack-a-mole for the court,” he said. “That TRO we’ve already obtained remains in effect.”
In filing a lawsuit Wednesday night, Hawaii said the revised order would harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students
In his initial lawsuit Ferguson said the original ban was unconstitutional and hurt the state’s businesses and universities.
A federal appellate court later upheld a temporary restraining order issued against the first travel ban.