Calling Trump’s new executive travel order a Muslim ban, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a court to block the ban. The State of Hawaii has also challenged the new order.
“The bottom line is that the court issued, and we obtained, a temporary restraining order on the original executive order,” Ferguson told NPR’s Robert Siegel ahead of the announcement. “Yes, the revised one is more narrow — that’s a success. But the core constitutional problems remain the same.”
Ferguson added: “The intent behind the executive order targeting those Muslim countries still remains, and that is unconstitutional, NPR reported.
Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban dropped Iraq citizens from the list of countries, leaving Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on the list. Ferguson says that just because the ban involves fewer people doesn’t mean it meets constitutional challenges.
“The test is whether or not a motivating factor behind the travel ban was an improper religious bias against Muslims,” Ferguson said.
On Wednesday. Hawaii challenged the travel ban, a judge there agreed to hear the argument March 15, a day before the ban would go into effect. The Washington challenge is separate from Hawaii’s challenge.
The Justice Department filed a notice on Monday with Judge Robart, who ruled against Trumps original ban, stating the administration believes the new executive order “falls outside the scope” of the judge’s earlier ruling.