Update: On Wednesday, October 18, a federal judge in Maryland issued a second halt on the third travel ban attempt from President Trump, blocking the administration from enforcing the directive. According to U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, the president’s comments on the campaign trail and Twitter cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade as the “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban.”
The U.S. Justice Department has vowed to appeal the ruling.
Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban
On Tuesday, October 17, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the travel ban hours before it was set to take effect. The third travel ban would have indefinitely stopped almost all travel to the U.S. from seven countries including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. The judge, Derrick K. Watson, had previously blocked Trump’s second travel ban from taking effect in March.
The latest version of President Trump’s travel ban was described as much more targeted than earlier bans with officials saying each of the countries in the ban would be under its own set of rules. According to Judge Watson’s decision, the ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental’ to the interests of the United States.”
The judge also said the latest travel restrictions, announced by President Trump on September 24, improperly judge travelers’ risk to the U.S. based on their nationality and does not demonstrate that existing law is insufficient to address national security concerns.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to the ruling. We will continue to keep you informed as developments unfold.
For full details about the ruling, read the full article here.