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ACLU and partners to challenge new Trump travel ban

30 September 2017

The organizations sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang on Friday, requesting to schedule a conference to discuss filing an amended complaint as well as a bid to stop implementation of the directive.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday it will challenge the Trump administration's latest travel ban, the first such legal action to be announced against the new ban.

Trump's latest directive "violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Constitution", they wrote.

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According to the new rules announced on Sunday, citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen will face new restrictions in travelling to the US.

Also suspended are certain Venezuelan government officials and their families, due to what the USA called "poor security and a lack of cooperation with American authorities". The restrictions are targeted at countries that the Department of Homeland Security says fail to share sufficient information with the USA or haven't taken necessary security precautions.

The travel ban continues to be a point of controversy for the Trump administration, although the issue has been overshadowed by a number of other issues since it first became a problem for the Trump administration at the beginning of his presidency.

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Challengers of Trump's immigration restrictions have said the bans are aimed at following through on a pledge he made on the campaign trail in 2016 to block Muslims from entering the country. It also bans a class of Venezuelan government officials and their families traveling on certain nonimmigrant visas.

The new ban, Trump's third, could affect tens of thousands of potential immigrants and visitors.

The current challenge is being brought by the ACLU, ACLU of Maryland, and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of HIAS, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Middle East Studies Association, along with individuals harmed by the ban. That earlier ban was the subject of a Supreme Court case that was scheduled to begin in October, but on Monday, the Supreme Court canceled arguments for the travel ban case, and asked lawyers on both sides whether the the old lawsuit is still worth litigating in light of the newest travel ban order.

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Legal experts say the new ban is likely on more solid footing than the previous bans, in part because it was implemented following a detailed review by federal agencies.

ACLU and partners to challenge new Trump travel ban