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ACLU: Trump's travel policy still a Muslim ban

ACLU: Trump's travel policy still a Muslim ban”

The ACLU and other advocacy organizations announced Friday that they are planning to challenge in court the latest iteration of President Trump's travel ban in front of the same federal judge who blocked a previous version of the measure.

Immigrant rights and civil liberties groups that sued the Trump administration over the president's previous travel ban orders will seek to challenge the latest set of immigration restrictions.

The second version of the travel ban was the subject of numerous court battles, and was poised for examination by the Supreme Court in Washington on October 10.

The new travel ban, unveiled by the White House late Sunday, forbids citizens of seven countries from travelling to the United States - citing national security reasons.

Also suspended are certain Venezuelan government officials and their families, due to what the USA called poor security and a lack of cooperation with American authorities. USA officials maintain that the list is based on states that failed to comply with US information-sharing requirements that aim to make vetting processes stronger.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in an email to The Associated Press after the ACLU announced its intention to take legal action that the department "will continue to vigorously defend the President's inherent authority to keep this country safe".

Trump said in the new proclamation: "As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people".

Trump's third travel ban, signed on September 24, indefinitely bars travelers from eight countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela.

According to the letter filed by the challengers on Friday, the government doesn't object to the plaintiffs amending their earlier lawsuit to address the president's new proclamation, but will oppose the request for a preliminary injunction.



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