Court challenges to the second travel ban

There are so many court challenges to President Trump's second travel ban that it is hard to keep it all straight.  Which court action did what?  And is the media interpreting each action clearly, without bias? Here are links to the official court dockets and documents, so you can form your own intrepretation.  The dockets list every document submitted regarding a court case, with links to some, but not all of the documents.  We have pulled out key orders, complaints and injunctions.


Primary cases


State of Hawaii v. Trump. On March 15, US District Judge Derrick Watson issued an Order Granting Motion for Temporary Restraining Order that blocked President Trump’s second travel ban, which was scheduled to take effect March 16.  It blocked Section 2 that that suspended for 90 days the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and YemenIt and also restrained Section 6 that would have suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.  It was challenged March 8 in a Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief.  The United States Courts Archive is often late in filing documents.  Here is a source that is more up to date: Documents in State of Hawaii et al v. Trump—A Challenge to President Trump's March 6, 2017 Travel Ban.  On March 29, 2017 Judge Watson issued the  ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO CONVERT TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER TO A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION. On April 4 the United States Court of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit scheduled the oral arguments for the appeal for May 15, 2017.


International Refugee Assistance Project, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al. Judge Theodore D. Chuang of The United States District Court, District of Maryland on March 15 issued a Preliminary Injuction against Section 2(c) only of President Trump's second travel ban. That is the section that suspended for 90 days the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  President Trump appealed the Maryland decision to the United States Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit on March 17, 2017.  Order expediting appeal and scheduling oral argument for May 8, 2017, filed March 23, 2017.


Litigation Documents & Resources Related to Trump Executive Order on Immigration is a web site by Lawfare that provides timely links to court documents.


Other ongoing cases


On March 13, State of Washington, et al v. Donald J. Trump, et al challenged the second travel ban in an Emergency Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction. Washington was joined by Minnesota, Oregon and Massachusetts in its lawsuit. The Los Angeles Times reported on March 13 that Maryland and New York planned to join.  On March 15, The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an Order “failed” to vote for en banc reconsideration of their order which previously denied a motion of the government for a stay of a Western District of Washington restraining order on “President Trump’s first Executive Order – the ban on immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim countries.”  On March 16 the Ninth Circuit issued an Order Denying Washington’s Emergency Motion To Enforce The Preliminary Injunction against the first Executive Order, saying that there are substantial differences between the first and second orders.  Further action on this case was suspended pending the outcome of the Hawaii case.

Doe, John v. Trump, Donald et al granted a temporary restraining order on March 10 regarding one individual Syrian family.

Arab American Civil Rights League et al v. Donald Trump et al

International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al

Al-Mowafak et al v. Trump et al. Filed by the ACLU of Northern California.

Sarsour et al v. Trump et alAziz et al v. Trump et al


Multnomah County Library’s earlier blog posts

President Trump's second travel ban   

Resources for immigrants, refugees and travelers affected by President Trump's first travel ban     

Exploring the refugee experience


Related actions:

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, 1/25/17.

Department of Homeland Security Implementation of the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States



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