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Trump's latest travel ban blocked by Hawaii judge

21 October 2017

Muslim Ban 3.0 may be halted for now, but Congress must pull the plug on Trump's unconstitutional Muslim ban for good before he issues Muslim Ban 4.0.

After the initial travel ban was rolled out without warning early this year, prompting chaos and protests at airports around the country, U.S. District Judge James Robart struck it down.

The fundamental question of this lawsuit is the same as the last ones: Is a ban on entries from certain Muslim-majority countries a discriminatory "Muslim ban", or a legitimate national security act? The court explained that the new ban is "the inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban". This ban is created to be permanent, and the lawsuit will probably be the last one. The courts have previously examined his campaign statements calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.as evidence that his travel ban was created to discriminate against Muslims rather than protect the nation.

The decision to block the revised travel ban order was issued Tuesday afternoon. Doing the exact bidding of the Muslim Association of Hawaii (MAH), he overturned the ban on only those countries that the MAH wanted to continue to import terrorists from. Including them is just window dressing.

The government claims this ban is evidence-based. The president decided what ban to impose, and, as the court noted, the results of the report itself were "at least partially pre-ordained". Instead, the Supreme Court - with the exception of Justice Sotomayor dissenting - granted the president a blank slate on a Muslim ban. The government's reliance on such a half-hearted statement is telling. And Chuang seems particularly troubled by Trump's more recent tweet promoting a discredited story that, during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century, U.S. Gen. John Pershing had Muslims shot with bullets dipped in pig's blood.

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The fate of Trump's attempts to ban people from certain countries from the U.S. has been one of the most convoluted plot lines in an extremely convoluted presidency. The Supreme Court was scheduled to review the second iteration of the ban at the time that the third one was issued, and it will to the third version as well.

Federal immigration laws "do not afford the President unbridled discretion to do as he pleases", Watson said. Watson agreed with Hawaii and the other plaintiffs that by barring entry to people based on their nationality without providing sufficient justification, the ban likely ran afoul of the law. It upends Congress's system of robust individualized visa screening, in which a visa applicant must already prove to a consular official's satisfaction that he is not a security threat. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually allowed the government to block only those travelers who did not have an existing relationship with people or organizations in the U.S. But the government and Hawaii were still fighting in the courts over how to define that when the administration issued its third version last month, as the temporary ban was set to expire.

Despite federal assertions that "the travel ban was arrived at through the routine operations of the government bureaucracy, the public was witness to a different genealogy, one in which the president...announced his intention to go back to and get even tougher" than in his two previous tries, said judge Theodore Chuang of the district of Maryland, in an opinion filed late yesterday.

This is surely not the end of this struggle. "Pleased the judicial branch blocked the Muslim ban / travel ban".

Trump's latest travel ban blocked by Hawaii judge