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Virginia supports Hawaii lawsuit against revised travel ban

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, right, arrives for a news conference about the state’s response to President Trump’s revised travel ban with Solicitor General Noah Purcell, left, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Seattle. Legal challenges against 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 Ferguson said both Oregon and New York had asked to join his state’s legal action. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s attorney general is supporting Hawaii’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement Tuesday that he joined 13 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief Monday in the District Court for Hawaii. Hawaii has asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of the revised travel ban. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.

The attorneys general argue that the revised ban retains the unconstitutional components of the original order, including a broad ban on entry by nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries and a suspension of the refugee program.

 

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