Hawaii, March 16: Again a major setback for Trump administration on new executive order which was passed in order to ban the refugees of Muslim countries. Notably, a federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday blocked the major provisions of President Trump’s revised ban on refugee resettlement and travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, hours before the executive order was to take effect.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson blocks a 90-day ban on new visa approvals for people from six Muslim-majority nations. However, several states and advocacy groups were joined by technology companies and universities came together and challenged the executive order in court and they said the executive will damage the economy and was at odds with the nation’s founding principles.
The judge cited Trump’s remarks on the campaign trail as an indication of his intent to keep Muslims out of the country. Watson pointed to the president’s plainly worded statements before the election, saying they “betray the executive order’s stated secular purpose,” while the real motive was “temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims.”
However, the White House spent weeks crafting and carefully rolling out its March 6 order after other judges had swiftly rejected the first travel ban, which Trump announced with great fanfare days after taking office and which immediately spurred chaos at airports across the country. The decision to halt the policy before it could take effect Thursday will almost certainly be appealed to the same San Francisco appellate court that rejected the previous ban and then possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump meanwhile speaking at a rally in Nashville, said the travel restrictions were needed to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists” and vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme court. “This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are,” Trump said. “We’re going to fight this terrible ruling.”
Interestingly, the U.S. Justice Department believes the ruling is “flawed both in reasoning and in scope,” spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in an emailed statement. “The president’s executive order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our nation’s security.”
Importantly, Trump's first travel order was more sweeping than the second revised order. Like the current one, it barred citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days, but it also included Iraq, which was subsequently taken off the list.
Refugees were blocked from entering the country for 120 days in both orders, but an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria was dropped in the new one. The revised ban also excluded legal permanent residents and existing visa holders. It provided a series of waivers for various categories of immigrants with ties to the United States.