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New lawsuits challenge how Trump officials are carrying out his travel ban

Activists protest the travel ban outside the US Supreme Court December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Three versions of President Donald Trump's travel ban -- the most controversial of his executive orders -- were successfully blocked by the courts, before the Supreme Court allowed the third to take affect this week, pending appeals. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE: Activists protest the travel ban outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The U. S. Supreme Court gave the Trump administration the green light in June to block most immigrants and travelers from five Muslim-majority countries. But opponents of the travel ban aren’t deterred, and are challenging how officials are deciding on requests for waivers to the ban.  

Two class-action lawsuits filed in recent days allege that travelers from the affected countries are being unfairly denied the waivers, keeping them from entering the United States.

The State Department’s data show that waivers to the ban were being approved earlier this year at a rate of only 2 percent.

"The implementation of these waivers is so willfully inadequate and opaque that to doesn't meet even the most minimum of legal or constitutional requirements to pass muster," said Babak Yousefzadeh with the Iranian American Bar Association.