Wash­ing­ton state seeks to chal­lenge 3rd travel ban

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Wash­ing­ton At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bob Fer­gu­son is ask­ing a fed­eral judge to lift his stay halt­ing the state's case against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's travel ban. The state said in a fil­ing on Wed­nes­day that lift­ing the stay will al­low it to chal­lenge the third and lat­est ver­sion of the ban be­fore it takes ef­fect later this month. Five other states, Ore­gon, Mary­land, Mas­sachusetts, New York and Cal­i­for­nia, are also in­volved in the case, re­ports AP.

The fil­ing says the states have talked with Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion lawyers and that they do not op­pose lift­ing the stay. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion on Septem­ber 24 is­sued a procla­ma­tion out­lin­ing the most re­cent re­stric­tions, which af­fect ci­ti­zens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, So­ma­lia, Syria, and Ye­men, and some Venezue­lan govern­ment of­fi­cials and their fam­i­lies. It's sched­uled to take ef­fect Oc­to­ber 18.

The new mea­sures range from an in­def­i­nite ban on visas for ci­ti­zens of Syria to more tar­geted lim­i­ta­tions. Ira­ni­ans, for ex­am­ple, will not be el­i­gi­ble for im­mi­grant, tourism or busi­ness visas but re­main el­i­gi­ble for stu­dent and cul­tural ex­change visas if they un­dergo ad­di­tional scru­tiny. Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials have said this ver­sion is the re­sult of a lengthy process, based on an ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of each coun­try's se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and will­ing­ness to share in­for­ma­tion with the US.

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