The opposition to US President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban has continued to grow as six states join lawsuit to challenge the order at court.
The states of California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Washington have filed a motion to be parties in Hawaii’s lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban.
The six states stressed that the ban is unconstitutional.
Hawaii has challenged Trump’s proclamation issued last month targeting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and some officials from Venezuela. Trump’s previous travel bans have all been challenged in court.
Last week, the US Supreme Court formally dropped plans to hear a legal challenge brought by Hawaii against an earlier version of Trump’s travel ban on nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries.
Trump has issued three travel bans since coming to office in January. His third ban was announced September 24 and was slated to take effect on October 18.
The president issued his third temporary travel ban to replace the second order, which will expire on October 24.
Opponents describe Trump’s executive orders as illegal and racist while the administration maintains they are necessary for the US national security.
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump campaigned for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States on the pretext of preventing terrorist attacks.