Vice President Mike Pence, left, and President Donald Trump are shown leaving Air Force One. Trump's latest travel ban is being challenged in court. The White House / Flickr
Skift Take: As expected, the latest version of the president's effort to keep people out of the United States will likely be tied up in court for some time.
— Hannah Sampson
A federal judge has granted Washington state the opportunity to challenge the third and latest travel ban announced by President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on Thursday granted Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to lift a stay that had halted the state’s case.
Lifting the stay gives Ferguson and five other states involved in the case — Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and California — the chance to challenge the latest ban before it takes effect Oct. 18.
Court documents filed by Ferguson Wednesday say Trump administration lawyers did not oppose Ferguson’s motion to lift the stay.
The Trump administration in September announced the most recent restrictions, which affect citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.
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