It begins, again.
The state of Hawaii has gotten permission to move ahead with a fresh challenge to the revised executive order on immigration signed by President Donald Trump this week, which is scheduled for a court hearing on March 15, the day before the new order is set to take effect.
Numerous states sued over a previous version of the order, which temporarily suspended visas for travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugee admissions. A federal judge in Washington ultimately granted a nationwide temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit from that state’s attorney general, which was later upheld by an appeals court.
The Trump administration has since revised its executive order to, among other things, reduce the number of countries implicated in the temporary visa ban from seven to six and to explicitly carve out lawful permanent residents. A new version was signed on Monday.
Hawaii, which had its previous lawsuit put on hold while the Washington challenge moved forward, had signalled it planned to bring a fresh challenge to the new order.
On Wednesday, the judge overseeing that case gave Hawaii permission to move forward with the new challenge, and set a March 15 hearing on its request for a nationwide halt to the order’s implementation.
It may be a tougher case to make this time around, however, as the Trump administration has said it reworked the original order specifically to address some of the legal issues raised in the previous court orders. Whether it has succeeded or not, the courts will soon have a new chance to weigh in.