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Timeline: President Trump’s travel ban

Jan. 27

Trump issues executive order “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”
This suspects almost all refugee entry for 120 days and entry of non citizens from 7 countries. Almost 100 people were denied entry. Thousands of visas were nullified and green card holders were denied entry.

Jan. 30

Washington state files lawsuit
“I will use the authority of my office to hold him accountable,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said of Trump’s travel ban. The lawsuit focuses on how the 90-day ban on entry harms the state. Washington and Minnesota ask for a temporary restraining order.

Feb. 3

Judge grants temporary restraining order
“The opinion of this so-called judge … is ridiculous and will be overturned,” President Trump tweeted. The next day, the Department of Justice appeals, seeking an emergency stay of the temporary restraining order. It’s denied.

Feb. 6

DOJ appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court
“Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting,” President Trump said. The court prepares to head both sides via telephone. Judges Richard Clifton, William Canby, and Michelle Friedland hear arguments.

Feb. 9

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds travel ban suspension
“See you in court. The security of our nation is at stake!” President Trump tweeted. Judge Robart asks both sides – the Washington state Attorney General’s Office and the DOJ – to tell him where they thing the next stage of the case should be.

Feb. 13

Judge Robart decides the case can move ahead
“This is what we wanted,” said Noah Purcell, solicitor general of the Attorney General’s Office.

Feb. 20

The White House begins work on a revised executive order.

March 6

President Trump signs a new executive order
Immigration is suspended from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days. This time, Iraq isn’t included. The new order removes the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and opens the door to those who already have a valid visa.

March 8

The state of Hawaii challenges the new order
Hawaii says the travel ban has the same legal problems as the first. The state or Maryland also challenges the new order.

March 15

Judge grants temporary restraining order
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issues a temporary restraining order that prevents the travel ban from taking effect.

March 16

Preliminary injunction issued
In an additional case, a judge in Maryland hands down a nationwide preliminary injunction on part of the executive order. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland also hands down an injunction on the revised order saying it was intended to discriminate against Muslims.

March 17

DOJ promises to appeal
The DOJ vows to appeal the Maryland decision in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

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