October 17, 2017
Breaking: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban
The Trump administration issues a revised travel ban at the end of September that was set to go into effect on October 18, 2017 (tomorrow). The new ban would restrict certain nationals from eight countries from entering the United States. The effected countries are Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
The administrations says all eight countries are refusing to share terrorism information with the United States and refusing to implement certain airport security standards demanded by the US. Hawaii’s Federal District Judge Derrick Watson just blocked the travel ban from going into effect for all of the above countries except North Korea and Venezuela.
Judge Watson wrote that 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.’” He also said the ban “discriminated based on nationality.”
Other states are also challenging the latest travel ban in courts across the country, though the federal court in Hawaii is the first to issue a ruling on the latest travel ban. The decision will likely be appealed yet again as the Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on any of the President’s travel bans.
H/T: Washington Post