States, tech firms file arguments against Trump immigration ban while Trump tweets more insults

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Early Monday, Washington State and Minnesota filed their arguments to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in their push to block President Trump's executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations and all refugees. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle blocked the order's two main provisions on Friday night, and on Saturday night, two judges on the 9th Circuit bench rejected a Justice Department request to throw out the stay, giving the states until early Monday to file their argument and the Trump administration until Monday afternoon to respond.

Reinstating Trump's ban would "unleash chaos again," the states argued, adding that Trump's order violates the Constitution and harms their residents, universities, and companies. Judge Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, made the stay applicable nationwide, he wrote, because Congress thinks "the immigration laws of the United States should be enforced vigorously and uniformly," citing an appellate court ruling favoring Texas in a fight against former President Barack Obama. The Department of Homeland Security complied, reauthorizing visas and allowing in vetted refugees.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.