Trump's new entry ban to be challenged in courts hours before it takes effect

With President Trump’s new entry ban set to kick in at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, lawyers and volunteers are mounting a last-minute campaign to halt the executive order in federal courts, mobilize protests and aid any travelers who might be stranded this time around.

On Wednesday, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland will hear arguments on whether to halt Trump’s revised executive order, which suspends the U.S. refu­gee program, temporarily bars the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and slashes refu­gee admissions to the United States this fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.

Late Tuesday, the federal judge in Seattle who stopped Trump’s first entry ban was to review legal briefs in that case.

"Time is of the essence," said Peter Lavallee, spokesman for the Washington state attorney general’s office, which filed the lawsuit in Seattle with the support of several other states. "We’ll just wait to see what happens."

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