A revised travel ban ordered by Donald Trump has been blocked nationwide after a federal judge in Hawaii issued an order today preventing the ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world from being implemented.
“The ruling was the second frustrating defeat for Mr. Trump’s travel ban, after a federal court in Seattle halted an earlier version of the executive order last month,” The New York Times reports. “Mr. Trump responded to that setback with fury, lashing out at the judiciary before ultimately abandoning the order.”
“He issued a new and narrower travel ban on March 6, with the aim of pre-empting new lawsuits by abandoning some of the most contentious elements of the first version,” The Times notes.
Trump’s new order has been challenged in multiple states on the grounds that it’s a thinly veiled ban on Muslim migration, something Trump discussed during the presidential campaign.
“Administration lawyers argued in multiple courts on Wednesday that the president was merely exercising his national security powers and that no element of the executive order, as written, could be construed as a religious test for travelers,” The Times reports. “But in the lawsuit brought by Hawaii’s attorney general, Doug Chin, Judge Derrick K. Watson appeared skeptical of the government’s claim that past comments by Mr. Trump and his allies had no bearing on the case.”
The report notes that Judge Watson asked in a hearing before his ruling: “Are you saying we close our eyes to the sequence of statements before this?”