Skip to main content

Minnesota joins states suing federal government over new travel ban order

Minnesota is one of six states opposing the order through the courts.

Minnesota has joined the states suing the federal government over the latest immigration executive order signed by President Donald Trump.

Minnesota attorney general Lori Swanson has joined her counterparts from Washington, Oregon, New York and Massachusetts in opposing the order, which temporarily suspends refugees and entry to the U.S. of people from six Muslim-majority nations, with Hawaii filing a separate lawsuit.

The Trump administration scrapped the initial immigration order issued on Jan. 27 after a restraining order was granted by a court after a lawsuit issued by the attorney generals of Minnesota and Washington.

In the new filing, the states are arguing that President Trump is trying to evade the original court order by re-issuing the ban "with the same illegal motivations as the original," according to ABC News.

There are some differences between the two orders. Iraq has been removed from the list of countries where travel to the U.S. is banned until security measures are reviewed, while there is no longer an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

It also makes it clear that green card holders and those with already issued travel visas are not affected.

But one of the main contentions of the original lawsuit was that it targeted Muslims, with courts accepting evidence of language President Trump used during his election, in which he called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," as Vox reported.

His one-time adviser, Rudy Giuliani, has also previously said the president referred to it as a "Muslim ban."

USA Today reports Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the president cannot "unilaterally declare himself free of the court's restraining order and injunction" by issuing a new, but similar executive order.

"We’re asserting that the president cannot unilaterally declare himself free of the court’s restraining order and injunction," Ferguson added. “It’s our view that that temporary restraining order that we've already obtained remains in effect.”

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.


Trump administration to release revised travel ban executive order next week

The original executive order has been temporarily blocked by the courts.

Update: Federal government responds to WA, MN lawsuit; arguments coming Tuesday

The federal government's response called the executive order a "lawful exercise."

Appeals court refuses to reinstate President Trump's travel ban

President Trump had asked the appeals court to lift the restraining order blocking his new immigration rules.

Trump travel ban one of 2 high-profile cases the Supreme Court will review

A limited version of the travel ban will go into force ahead of the SCOTUS reconvening in October.

Update: President Trump's new travel ban is also blocked by courts

A federal court put President Trump's revised travel ban on hold, just as courts did with the original one.

Minnesota joins lawsuit challenging Trump's immigration order

The lawsuit says the country's new limits on refugees and immigrants are unconstitutional.

What you need to know about Trump's new immigration order

The executive order has implications for those planning on traveling to and from Minnesota.

Minnesota joins lawsuit over Census amendment

It's one of 17 states suing the Justice Department.