Federal judge refuses to apply previous travel ban stay to Trump's new order
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A U.S. federal court on on Friday refused to apply the emergency stay that halted President Trump's first travel ban to his revised executive order, Reuters reported.

Seattle U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2003, said lawyers from the states that opposed the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.

A group of states, led by Washington and Minnesota, successfully challenged Trump's January executive order on immigration, and Robart issued a temporary restraining order to halt the policy nationwide as lawsuits proceed. Robart's decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.


This week, the Trump administration put forth a revised executive order that will temporarily stop citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. 

Robart ruled Friday against a request from several Democratic attorneys general to have the block on the original order carry over to the new version. 

The new ban, which some legal experts have said avoids some of the pitfalls that hampered the initial version, now temporarily blocks citizens of six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraqi citizens, covered by the initial ban, will be allowed to travel to the United States under the new order. 

It also halts the acceptance of refugees for four months, but does not indefinitely bar Syrian refugees as the previous order did. The new executive action is set to go into effect March 16. 

While the former halt to the travel ban was not upheld, the revised travel ban will surely still face legal challenges. 

Maryland became the latest state Friday to join in on the challenge agains the executive order. 

Hawaii has filed a separate lawsuit claiming that the ban would hurt its tourism industry, businesses and educational institutions.