"We are pleased but not surprised by this latest development and will continue working to ensure the Muslim ban never takes effect", the ACLU tweeted, moments after the verdict. Under federal court rules, an appeal must already be actually filed and pending in an appeals court before a move to bypass that level can be made in the Supreme Court.
The American Civil Liberties Union had filed the lawsuit in Maryland on behalf of several refugee assistance groups and was optimistic about its chances in the appeals court.
In his 43-page ruling earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson found that "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 goal to disfavor a particular religion".
Watson criticized what he called the "illogic" of the government's arguments and cited "significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus" behind the travel ban.
Two federal district court judges nevertheless blocked implementation of the new order this week, finding that it violates the First Amendment's establishment clause, which demands separation between church and state.
Stopped again! On March 15, a federal judge froze President Donald Trump's new executive order nationwide - the second immigration ban from his administration - hours before it was going to take effect! He said his administration would appeal to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
Watson, who was appointed to the court by former President Barack Obama, said he intends to set an expedited hearing to determine whether the temporary restraining order should be extended. Trump's revised ban bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries: Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.
A three-judge panel of the San Francisco appeals court in February refused to reactivate the original ban. The order also includes waiver provisions for people who seek to reside with a family member admitted to the United States legally and the man can't show he's been harmed, they wrote.
Simply put, Judge Watson's decision is a clear example of judicial tyranny.
Trump's first travel order was more sweeping than the second revised order.
"President Trump and his advisors should think long and hard before trying to impose a travel ban a third time".
President Donald Trump made immigration a central issue in his election campaign a year ago.
The White House said the six countries were targeted because their screening and information capabilities could not meet USA security requirements.
This decision makes us look weak. Many political opponents said that policies pursued by Trump Administration have escalated the racial violence in the USA.
"For instance, there is nothing "veiled" about this press release: 'Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, '" he wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.