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But the court stayed its decision so the ban remains in effect pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hawaii’s challenge to the restrictions was heard in Seattle on Wednesday.
Hawaii’s challenge goes before a three-judge panel in Seattle on Wednesday.
“The justification for that dramatic relief has only weakened,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin wrote in papers filed Tuesday.
But it cannot be enforced against people with “bona fide” relationships with individuals or groups in the U.S.
Kevin Kealoha McAleenan is already acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and enjoys bipartisan support.
The latest version targets about 150 million potential travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Judge Derrick Watson says the Trump administration continues to ignore requirements imposed by federal courts.
The Trump administration blasted the decision by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, calling it “dangerously flawed.”
A federal judge in Honolulu is asked to block the new version of the administration’s attempt to halt entry to the U.S. from eight countries.