Key parts of Trump's 'Travel Ban 2.0' blocked by Hawaii federal judge

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17 March, 2017

The revised executive order on immigration was determined to be discriminatory against Muslims, as the original travel ban was also found to be, because it singles out six majority-Muslim countries.

Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Wednesday afternoon, the day before it was supposed to go into effect.

Judge Watson concluded in his ruling that while the order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer. would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a goal to disfavor a particular religion".

President Donald Trump may have softened his travel ban, but there's no way to soften the harsh rhetoric he aimed at Muslims during his campaign for the presidency.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the judge's order, did not comment. "If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities". We're back to the status quo that existed before Trump attempted his first executive order. "We are pleased but not surprised by this latest development and will continue working to ensure the Muslim ban never takes effect", Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement.

The Republican president has said the policy is critical for national security.

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The order was signed on 6 March 6 after an initial, broader ban was suspended by federal courts. The losing side - the Trump administration or the state of Hawaii - can appeal the Court of Appeals' decision in the Supreme Court. In other words: the first version of the ban is effectively dead in the water. Last time it took about two days after hearing arguments from lawyers for the federal government and in Washington state on whether to reinstate before a trio of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made their ruling against Trump.

"The best way to keep foreign terrorists, or as some people would say in certain instances, radical Islamic terrorists from attacking our country, is to stop them from entering our country in the first place".

Basically, the Trump administration can't publicly declare again and again that they intend to find a way to legally discriminate against Muslims, then turn around and claim that the ban does no such thing.

That quote was presented by the State of Hawaii in U.S. District Court as evidence against the new travel ban.

Hawaii's attorney general had asked Watson to halt the executive order on the grounds that it violates the right to freedom of religion under the U.S. constitution.


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