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State’s lawyer accuses Trump administration of flip-flopping on the details of the ban

Noah G. Purcell, the Solicitor General for the Washington state, says the federal government has flip-flopped on how it defines the executive order and who it includes.

The Department of Homeland Security initially interpreted Trump’s ban to include lawful permanent residents or green card holders, as well as those in possession of valid U.S. visas, blocking tens of thousands of people from entering the country. In the week and a half since signing the order, the Trump administration has walked back those aspects of the ban.

But Purcell argued that if reinstated, the ban could still potentially apply to that vast group of people unless explicitly altered. “Until they change the order to make that crystal clear, they can’t just say, ‘Well now that doesn’t’ apply to them so don’t worry about it,” he said.

Hearing on Trump travel ban: Updates from the federal appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is hearing arguments starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order.

The hearing, which will be conducted by telephone, is to review an order by a lower court judge to put Trump’s directive on hold.  The judges said each side would have 30 minutes to present their arguments beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. It is unclear how soon a ruling could follow. The hearing will be live-streamed, the clerk of court said.

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