Federal Judges Block Trump's Latest Travel Ban

This week, two federal judges issued orders blocking the Trump administration's latest travel ban, reported The Washington Post.

The controversial ban is the administration's third attempt to restrict entry into the U.S. of travelers from certain countries. The latest version, set to take effect on Wednesday, bars travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.

U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, blocking implementation of the ban. Although it will likely be appealed, the decision prevents the Trump administration from restricting entry of travelers from six of the eight countries—all except for those affecting nationals of North Korea and Venezuela—while the courts consider the case.

Judge Watson wrote that the latest ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor." The executive order "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.'" Further, Judge Watson found that the order "plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the Ninth Circuit [Court of Appeals] has found antithetical to both Section 1152(a) [of the Immigration and Nationality Act] and the founding principles of this nation."

The White House said in a statement that Watson's "dangerously flawed" order "undercuts the President's efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States."

Early Wednesday, a second judge issued a separate halt on the ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional ban on Muslims, The Washington Post reported. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang's narrower order blocked the administration only from enforcing the directive on those with a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity in the United States, such as family members or some type of professional or other engagement in the United States.


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