For the Second Time, Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban is Blocked in Federal Court
A Hawaii court judge ruled yesterday against Donald Trump’s newest version of the Muslim ban stating that any “reasonable, objective observer” would still view this new order as “issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose.” This is a huge defeat for the Trump Administration that is pushing for an aggressive anti refugee and immigrant policy in the name of national security. However, the Hawaii judge did not believe attempts to brand it as something other than an unconstitutional attack on a religion. Additionally, a Maryland judge also ruled against the order calling it a Muslim ban in his dissenting remarks. He wrote that, “The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”
The first attempt by Donald Trump to stop people traveling to the United States was blocked in a Seattle Federal Court last month. That order listed seven majority Muslim nations including those with valid paperwork to enter the country. The judges made their decision to block also because the executive order was highly discriminatory. It created mass chaos and brought protests to airports nationwide. Trump then issued a second ban set to go into effect today, March 16. The new ban had the same list of countries minus Iraq and allowed green card and visa holders to enter.
Donald Trump was furious and went to Nashville to vent his frustrations before a rally of his supporters. He told the adoring crowd that, “This ruling makes us look weak.” He then indicated that he would try to reinstate the first order rather than the order recently blocked describing it as just a “watered-down version of the first one.”