Second Travel Ban Order Blocked

The challenge to executive authority continues.

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

It is now about 45 days into what would have been the 90 day moratorium of the first order. The first order moratorium was put in place in order to develop extreme vetting plans. Can we assume that those extreme vetting plans have been under development regardless of the moratorium and are now half way to completion? If not, why not?

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4 Responses to Second Travel Ban Order Blocked

  1. miforest says:

    why would it matter? as soon as the new vetting policies are released, the 12th district apellte court of parking violations in tulsa will declare the new procedures Unconstitutional. and rule that they have national jurisdiction.

    If the courts have authority on this , then they have authority over the vetting procedures. The appeals of these rulings are to establish that the courts cannot interfere with powers delegated to the executive branch by the constitution and federal law, and to establish Who has standing to sue in the areas where the courts do have oversight.

    • Joe says:

      I agree the courts are over reaching. By the rational expressed in the current rulings it would appear they are attempting to legislate and execute laws regardless of the intent of the other two branches.

      Judicial activism.

  2. C. L. says:

    It is disturbing that a judge would rule based on what he believes Trump was thinking rather than what the order actually said. Trump needs to get Gorsuch confirmed ASAP. Then, this judge needs a harsh rebuke from the Supreme bench.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    At this point, it really does seem like the judges are simply attempting to implement their own immigration policy preferences.