Here we are, back at square one. President Trump’s 3rd attempt at a travel ban has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii. The first time was annoying, the second time was frustrating, and this time is just down right exasperating.
The temporary ban, which was set to go into effect on Wednesday morning, would have banned various travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. The federal judge’s order blocked the ban regarding the first several countries, but let the ban on North Korea and Venezuela stand.
A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch’s powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.
The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information that the United States wanted to vet their citizens.
According to Judge Watson, the newest ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.’”
He also said that Trump’s executive order “plainly discriminates based on nationality” that apparently opposed “the founding principles of this Nation.”
Oh please. No one puffed out their chest and blocked travel bans from Obama. This is literally only happening because Trump is the president and he is the one trying to implement the ban.
This is beyond ridiculous!
Neal Katyal, one of the lawyers representing Hawaii, wrote on Twitter, “we have just won.” Omar Jadwat, who directs the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and was involved in a separate challenge to the ban in federal court in Maryland, said, “We’re glad, but not surprised, that President Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional Muslim ban has been blocked once again.”
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