Judge halts Trump's new travel ban, says it discriminates against Muslims

Posted Марта 20, 2017

But judges in Hawaii and Maryland - ruling on cases originally filed against the first order - found that the changes didn't address the underlying concerns, and blocked it, too, from going into effect.

Maryland: National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued on behalf of refugee resettlement agencies for a restraining order.

The nation's highest court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives with Trump's pick - appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch - still awaiting confirmation.

Neither U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland nor Judge Derrick Watson bought the administration's reasoning that the travel ban is about national security.

Trump called the ruling an example of "unprecedented judicial overreach" and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. A case brought by Washington state argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. Last Thursday, Chin said he didn't consider the state's attempt to block the travel ban a Democrat thing but "a racist thing".

The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal with the district court in Greenbelt, Maryland, two days after that court and one in Hawaii halted revised executive order ruling that it discriminated against Muslims.The case now goes to a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia.

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In early February, political groups and students from across the world gathered in unity to share their fears of the original travel ban.

Each of these statements have been referenced in page after page of federal court decisions evaluating the legality of the revised executive order. The judges ruled the ban unconstitutional on the basis of "significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus", protecting the ability of citizens to travel between the United States and targeted countries. Trump's response to Wednesday's rulings has already given these courts more grist to determine that the second ban retains the constitutional frailties of the first one. They were trying to obtain visas when Trump issued his first travel ban in January.

The new version of the ban was specifically tailored to avoid the legal challenges that stalled the White House's first pass at an executive order.

"The Trump administration has disputed that allegation, saying many Muslim-majority countries are not included in the ban".

"We [as Muslims] will be stronger together, and we will not allow the executive order to be the lens which people view us from", Khayat (graduate-materials science and engineering) said.

Watson blocked provisions of the March 6 executive order of Trump that would have frozen the refugee program for 120 days and stopped citizens of six Muslim countries from entering the United States. In general, courts bow to the government as long as it provides "a facially legitimate and bona fide reason" to act. The Republican president has said the policy is critical for national security. Unlike the original order, it says people with visas won't be affected and removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.

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