#TravelBan: Team Trump Evading Wed.’s Hearings in WA and HI as More States Onboard.

There are three separate travel ban cases against the Trump admin. that require a hearing by tomorrow–March 15–before the ban goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 16.  Washington State’s hearing is still up in the air, but Hawaii and Maryland will be holding hearings on Wednesday.  Maryland AG made a request to join the Washington State lawsuit. Washington and Minnesota States filed the original injunction and may be the best bet for a new one.

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In all cases, the White House is trying to avert court time, despite Trump’s tweeting-cry to take it to the Supreme Court following the first injunction on the travel ban that got then Attorney General Sally Yates fired.

Case One:

  •  On Monday,  Washington State AG, Bob Ferguson, filed an amended complaint to reissue the injunction from the initial travel ban and asked for a hearing today–March 14th. Ferguson’s argument includes impact on businesses–Microsoft, Amazon, Google, who hire foreign workers.
  • The above was followed by silence from Team Trump.
  • Midday Monday:  U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart ordered the Trump administration to respond to Ferguson’s new complaint, stating W.H. lawyers have until 4:30pm Tuesday to file a response.
  • Most Likely Scenario:  Hearing won’t transpire until Wednesday.
  • Other states have requested to join the case.
  • The Plaintiffs: States named in the filing are Oregon, Minnesota and Washington.  ABC News stating other states –California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York have also joined.

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Case Two:  Hearing Date Set and Will Happen on Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  (“There will be no live streaming or recording of the hearing scheduled for March 15th at 9:30am. The court will reserve a number of seats in courtroom Aha Kupono, where the hearing will be held for the press. If needed, there will be one overflow courtroom, which will have audio of the proceeding.” —Courts)

  • Hawaii has already filed with a hearing set for March 15, one day before the new ban takes effect.
  • Hawaii argued that the travel ban would hurt its main industry–tourism, alongside Muslim and student populations.
  • The Plaintiff:  Ismail Elshikh, who says his Syrian mother-in-law would not be able to visit the family; however, the federal government argues that his mother has not been denied a visa waiver from visiting the states.  What the future holds for his mother-in-law seems unclear.
  • On Monday, Team Trump asked the court to deny a temporary restraining order request, stating the allegations of impact on tourism and universities are “pure speculation.”  It is not speculation:  http://bit.ly/2nbc95Z.
  • Late Monday other sates asked to join Hawaii.

“Documents filed in federal court in Honolulu on Monday say the states want to collectively file an amicus, or friend of the court, brief offering arguments to support the lawsuit.The states are Illinois, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The documents say they support Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order on the travel ban because they all benefit from immigration and international travel.”–Associated Press

Case 3: Starts at 9:30a.m. EST.

  • A judge in Maryland will hear the case tomorrow at 9:30 am.
  • Judge Theodore D. Chuang  will hold the hearing.
  • Maryland AG General Brian E. Frosh: “At this point, we are seeking an injunction because we have no idea whether the Seattle injunction will remain in place,” Gelernt said. “What we are hoping is that the Seattle judge will continue the injunction nationwide. If he does that before the 15th, then there may not be a need for urgent action on our part.”

  • AG said they are looking to join the WA lawsuit.

 

 

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