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Washington state seeks to block Trump's new travel ban

Washington state says it will ask a federal judge to block US President Donald Trump's

revised travel ban targeting citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and refugees, a day after Hawaii challenged the executive order. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose state was the first to sue over Trump's initial travel ban that created chaos worldwide and was eventually blocked, said Oregon and New York had asked to join the state's legal battle. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the state is also joining fellow states in challenging the ban. Ferguson, the top prosecutor in Washington state, said on Thursday that the motion by his office calls on an existing injunction against the travel ban issued in January to be applied to the new directive. "We're asserting that the president cannot unilaterally declare himself free of the court's restraining order and injunction," Ferguson told reporters. "It's our view that the temporary restraining order that we've already obtained remains in effect." The revised executive order issued on Monday bars new visas for people from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen, and temporarily shuts down the US refugee programme for 120 days. It does not apply to travellers who already have visas. Ferguson said that although the revised order was narrower in scope, it could still be challenged on constitutional grounds.