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“Metro New York: New York AG Challenges Trump’s Third Travel Ban”

October 13, 2017

As published by Metro New York, on October 12, 2017.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is once again challenging President Trump’s implementation of a travel ban.

Schneiderman has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against Trump’s third travel ban, along with attorneys general from Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon, his office announced Thursday.

Schneiderman has previously helped oppose Trump’s earlier travel bans, arguing that they were discriminatory and anti-Muslim.

The Supreme Court previously planned to hear two challenges to the second travel ban, but it canceled those arguments following the release of a third travel ban, according to Schneiderman’s office. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Supreme Court dismissed one of two pending cases, calling an earlier version of the ban moot because it expired.

However, the attorneys general believe that the third travel ban is not free of the discriminations present in the first two and would continue to harm families, institutions and economies.

“President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban is still a Muslim Ban by another name – attempting to further the same discriminatory and unconstitutional goals as his first and second bans,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “This latest ban even applies to people who pose absolutely no plausible terrorist threat, such as young children and grandparents hoping to visit their relatives in the U.S.”

The third ban, announced on Sept. 24, prohibits those from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the U.S. The order also affects a small number of Venezuelan government officials and their families, but does not bar anyone else in that country from traveling to the U.S., according to the attorneys general.

This proclamation is even more damaging than the previous bans, the attorneys general say, because it mentions no end date and “almost entirely foreclose[s] entry into the United States by nationals of the designated countries.”

“Since January, our coalition of Attorneys General have successfully beat back these unconstitutional bans,” Schneiderman said. “The Trump administration’s continued attempts to discriminate would undermine our states’ families, institutions, and businesses – and we’ll continue to fight back.”