California joins states challenging Trump's travel ban

California joins states challenging Trump's travel ban

California has become the seventh state to join the lawsuit challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban.

As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia attorney general on secession: State is 'economic engine' of US Sunday shows preview: GOP moves toward tax reform The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE joined state attorneys in Washington state, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts and Minnesota on Monday in challenging the new order.

Those states asked Judge James Robart, who blocked Trump's first order nationwide, to also block the revised version, but the Seattle federal judge refused to extend his order on Friday. He told state attorneys they have to file their amended complaint first.

After Robart blocked his first order in February, Trump removed Iraq from the list of predominantly Muslim countries from which travel is temporarily banned, as well as provisions that banned Syrian refugees indefinitely and included current green-card holders.

In a statement Monday, Becerra said the order is still unconstitutional, despite the changes.

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“The Trump administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect,” he said.

“It is still an attack on people — women and children, professors and business colleagues, seniors and civic leaders — based on their religion and national origin.”

The state of Hawaii was the first to file a lawsuit challenging the ban in the state's federal district court. A hearing on its request to temporarily block Trump’s order will be heard on Wednesday.

--This report was updated at 11:58 a.m.