Washington state will ask that a temporary injunction issued last month by a federal judge on Trump's initial executive order apply to the newly revised travel ban. If upheld, this would block federal employees nationwide from enforcing the travel ban.
"It's my duty, my responsibility to act. We're not going to be bullied by threats and actions by the federal government," Ferguson said.
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Washington state's announcement comes just one day after Hawaii became the first state to sue Trump over the revised travel ban. A hearing on the suit is set for March 15 — the day before Trump's revised travel ban is scheduled to go into effect.
The original order, which Trump signed Jan. 27, barred entry for 90 days for nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. It also temporarily stopped refugees from entering the U.S. and indefinitely suspended all Syrian refugee entry.