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Hawaii first state to challenge Trump’s “Muslim ban 2.0”

Mar 09, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
(Source: Alisdare Hickson/flickr)
(Source: Alisdare Hickson/flickr)

Hawaii on Thursday became the first U.S. state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which temporarily bars refugees and citizens from six mainly Muslim nations from entering America. The state’s attorney general described the new order as “Muslim Ban 2.0,” calling it essentially a replica of the previous directive, which was blocked by a federal court.

Following a string of protests and legal complaints against the first travel ban, Trump was forced to make some amendments, which included dropping Iraqi citizens from the banned list, lifting indefinite ban on those from Syria and editing the controversial draft that appeared to make considerations on religious grounds, writes the BBC.

Hawaii, where twenty percent of the population is foreign-born, argues that the revised directive breaches freedom of religious protections and threatens the state’s economy and educational institutions, notes The Guardian.

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