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US Federal Court Refuses to Halt New Trump Travel Ban

Washington, March 11 (QNA) – A US federal court has declined to put an emergency halt to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.

States led by Washington and Minnesota challenged Trump’s original executive order, issued in January, which sought to restrict travel from seven countries and stop refugees from entering the US.

Seattle US District Court Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order against the first policy last month, and when Trump issued a narrower version of the ban on Monday, listing only six countries, opponents sought to halt its implementation as well.

But Robart declined to apply his first order to the new ban, saying that opponents had to file an amended complaint directly challenging the new ban.

Trump’s revised ban blocks new visas for people from six countries including Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. It also temporarily shuts down the US refugee program. Unlike the original order, the new one says current visa holders will not be affected. (QNA)

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