Judge Blocks Donald Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

Donald Trump new travel ban blocked

A federal judge has halted the implementation of President Donald Trump’s revised ban on travel of immigrants and refugees, just as it was about to go into effect.

A Hawaii federal judge granted a temporary halt to the order, after the state challenged the ban. Other challenges to Trump’s executive order are pending in other states.

Trump’s travel ban, unveiled last week, was designed to withstand legal muster, unlike the administration’s previous Jan. 27 order that was sidelined by federal district and appellate courts.

The scope of the new order was narrower, as Iraq was removed from a list of countries affected by a travel ban. That left Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen as countries where travel visas were to be denied for at least 90 days. The new order also temporarily shut down the U.S. refugee program.

At a rally in Nashville, Trump called the judge’s order “an unprecedented judicial overreach.” He said that the ruling “makes us look weak,” and he vowed to fight it.

“Let me tell you something: I think we ought to go back to the first one,” Trump said to the crowd, referring to his first executive order.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the temporary restraining order, and it applies nationwide.

Critics had said that despite the revisions in the new executive order, it still singled out Muslim-majority countries.

Watson wrote that the state of Hawaii and another plaintiff, Ismail Elshikh, a leader in the state’s Islamic community, were “likely to succeed on the merits” of their claim that the order violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution because “a reasonable, objective observer—enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance—would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

Although Watson wrote that the order “does not facially discriminate for or against any particular religion, or for or against religion versus non-religion,” he said that the record still showed that there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” driving the policy.

“Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the Court for purposes of the instant Motion for TRO, that the stated secular purpose of the Executive Order is, at the very least, “secondary to a religious objective” of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims,,” he wrote. He cited past statements that Trump had made calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country, as well as those made by Rudy Giuliani after the initial order was issued.

Giuliani said then that when “when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”

Watson also noted that one of Trump’s advisers, Stephen Miller, said on Feb. 21 that the revised order was “still going to have the same basic policy outcome.”

Watson was nominated to the federal court by President Barack Obama.

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  1. JOE S HILL says:

    For a Federal judge from the state of Hawaii to openly defy President Trump’s lawful order on the immigrant travel ban is sounding more like Treason! not everybody in Hawaii is on board with the lunatic liberal left’s insane ideas here, and given that this Judge Watson is an Obama picked flunkey, he clearly needs to go, or be forcibly removed! it’s time that appointed federal judges in this country start obeying the laws, because they won’t get very far defying a US President’s lawful order, and Hawaii could risk losing vital federal funding if its liberal leaders don’t get their act together, and comply with the law! the liberals are getting out of control in our country, and it’s time that they’re shown the door! Trump is doing what he promised to do, and other people don’t like that-Toughshit! if the Hawaii AG and this federal judge want to screw around, then they better know what’s at stake here, because Treason is a criminal offenese, and enough is enough! comply, or get out! it’s that simple!

    • Sct says:

      Yes. Only legal American citizens are protected under the constitution.
       People are ridiculously stupid. 
      The problem has never been health insurance. 
      The problem is healthcare COSTS !!!!!!!
      A friend was charged 20,000 dollars!!!!
      for a broken wrist !!!!!!!!! 
      And the insurance co would have paid it !!!!!!
      What f n fools these insurance plans are just enabling price gouging
       healthcare costs!!!!!!!!!!!
      They are going to cover the 50 percent of the population that doesn’t pay taxes and can’t afford regular health insurance or healthcare. 
      to start kicking in.!!!!!!!!!
      LOWER COSTS !!!!!!!!
      These ‘ new’ redo ideas of health insurance just endorse high costs. Or the patients get kicked out of the doctors office. Scumbags. 
      We need free medical care centers for the poor ( 100 million people ).
      all Doctors/hospitals can be required 
      to kick in a share if they want to continue practicing. (ripping working people off).

    • The Truth says:

      How stupid can you be? The judge didn’t “defy” President Trump’s “lawful order.” He ruled that the new travel ban order is unlawful and clearly stated why. Trump, his team of clowns, and birdbrains like you can’t get around the fact that the Constitution prohibits discrimination on religious grounds, which is the true foundation of the travel ban. As the judge clearly pointed out, Trump himself laid the religious animus foundation by calling for a ban on Muslims during the campaign. When you propose that a judge who rules against Trump to protect the Constitutional rights of all American citizens is guilty of treason and should be forcibly removed, you’re reading straight from the fascist playbook. And when you suggest that anyone who doesn’t validate your discriminatory attitudes should comply or get out, you are disgustingly anti-American.

    • Frank says:

      I agree. The judge gets in by his friends the democrats when he donates to their campaign how else do you idiots think this scummy cheating govn officials work. That’s why they hate trump he’s the first person in history that didn’t have to sell out the position to big busn/corps for donations to get elected. They’re jealous because they’re all ……in debt….. for their jobs…. all of them.
      Scumbags shutup they’re going to honor the ban regardless of some funky bribe taking freakshow. Shutup.

      • The Truth says:

        If you believe that Trump hasn’t sold out to Wall Street, Big Oil, and the insurance and auto industries, you’re too dimwitted to understand what’s really going on. As of today, the auto industry has been granted license to cravenly increase its profits by prolonging our country’s addiction to oil. Regulations that protect our environment are being gutted in favor eco-destructive businesses, and the “beautiful” American Healthcare Act screws our poorest and older citizens while granting obscene benefit increases to the wealthy. You’re the one who should shut up, Frank, because you’ve got your head up your ass.

  2. Frank says:

    The judge is another crook. He didn’t get a big bag of money.
    Too bad the ban is going into effect anyway.

    • The Truth says:

      Oh Frank, not again. You’re such an ignoramus. The ban’s been stayed, and now we’ll see if Trump and his “fine-tuned machine” are willing to risk getting their asses handed to them in court.

  3. Steve Barr says:

    Travel ban on hold , health care bill in trouble , Russia everywhere , Trump cockroaches in a panic so what does Mango Mussolini do ? He holds another campaign rally . What a pathetic losedr .

  4. seriously says:

    Wow, the Trump Sheep trolls are fired up!!!
    Still blaming Hollywood liberals! Because (say it with me) THOSE WHO CAN’T CRITICIZE (the entire Tump administration & supporters in 5 words)

    • cadavra says:

      I love how they were chanting “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!” as if Hillary were the one who blocked the ban. (In fact, the judge is male.) They really are zombies.

  5. Tripp Fell says:

    C’mon people. Enough with these games. Lives are at stake. If this is the route we’re going to take then let’s re-examine the constitutionality of religious freedom in this country because clearly there is a problem with Islam. Religious freedoms should not be afforded to any organization that promotes violence and hatred, as Islam has done for centuries and continues to do so today. And to use the words of this esteemed federal judge from HI (read: sarcasm) against his failed logic, any reasonable person who is remotely enlightened by the specific historical context of Islam and any number of recent events of Islamic terrorism would recognize that there is an obvious problem with Islam. It’s incredibly sad that the self-perceived moral authority of this country (e.g. Hollywood, ACLU, et al) are so willing to sacrifice human life to justify their delusional belief that there is nothing wrong with Islam. Either Islam falls outside the purview of religious freedoms provided here in the US or it’s an ideology that shouldn’t qualify for religious protection in the first place.

    • The Truth says:

      So who determines which religions are denied Constitutional protection due to promotion of violence and hatred? Trip Fell? Millions have been slaughtered throughout history under the banner of Christianity. Are Christians acceptable according to your version of moral authority?

      If you want to denigrate someone because of failed logic, look in the mirror. There’s an obvious problem with Islamic terrorism, just as there’s an obvious problem with any kind of terrorism. But hard facts — as opposed to”alternative facts”– do not support the delusional contention that the vast majority of Muslims promote violence and hatred.

      The way our founders intended things to work in America is that you’re free to practice any religion you want to, but if you commit a crime — no matter if it’s religiously motivated or not — that’s when freedoms can be legally restricted by the State. The State is granted the power to restrict freedoms based on unlawful action, not beliefs. Islamic terrorists are criminals and should be dealt with as such to the full extent of the law. But the practice of Islam is not a crime, and any reasonable person who is remotely enlightened should recognize this.

  6. Dave J says:

    And there’s no one who knows more about the constitution and the bill of rights than Trump and his voters do.

  7. astrud says:

    Burn in Hell Variety liberals, praying the next Islamic terrorist attacks your families.

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