Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Attempt at Skewed Travel Ban

Travel Ban

For the third time, President Donald Trump has had his executive order on immigration and travel restrictions blocked by the judiciary. A federal judge in Hawaii Tuesday temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the ban, which was supposed to come into effect this week.

Judge Derrick Watson granted the State of Hawaii its request for a temporary block on restrictions. Among other points, the state cited Trump’s remarks on the day the executive order was signed, as well as subsequent tweets in the president’s Twitter account.

Notably, the court pointed out that the ban is likely to go against the discrimination of an applicant’s nationality when issuing visas, which is a rule in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Judge Watson added that the latest ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.”

The latest travel ban, according to a press release issued on October 12 via the New York Attorney General’s website, “still targets Muslims in violation of the Establishment Cause and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.”

The White House retorted on Tuesday against Judge Watson’s ruling, saying that it was “dangerously flawed” and that it “undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe.”

The White House further contended that the restrictions were meant to force foreign nations to “comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our nation.”

Meanwhile, New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has said that the restriction “is still a Muslim ban by another name,” arguing that the latest version of the ban does nothing to address the discriminatory purposes of previous versions. Schneiderman has filed a motion for a TRO (temporary restraining order) against the implementation of the third ban, making amendments to the original lawsuit to legally challenge the latest one.

Schneiderman’s statement, in full:

“President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban is still a Muslim Ban by another name – attempting to further the same discriminatory and unconstitutional goals as his first and second bans. This latest ban even applies to people who pose absolutely no plausible terrorist threat, such as young children and grandparents hoping to visit their relatives in the U.S. Since January, our coalition of Attorneys General have successfully beat back these unconstitutional bans. The Trump administration’s continued attempts to discriminate would undermine our states’ families, institutions, and businesses – and we’ll continue to fight back.”

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