Muslim Ban blocked again by federal courts
International passengers arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport. Photo Credit: Reuters via Middle East Eye
Yesterday, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Ban. This occurred just hours before it was set to go into effect. In the court case of Hawaii vs. Trump, Hawaii argued that the current version of the ban was only an attempt to fulfill President Trump's campaign promise to exclude Muslims from the United States.
"The ban 'plainly discriminates based on nationality' in a way that undercut 'the founding principles of this Nation,' and [...] the government [has] not shown that the United States’ national interests would be harmed by admitting travelers from the affected countries." ~ Judge Derrick K. Watson of the Federal District Court in Honolulu
via NY Times
The first attempt at a Muslim Ban was back in January when the President issued an executive order that suspended travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. That order was eventually blocked by a federal judge in Seattle. The President’s second attempt in March was blocked by the same Hawaii judge who issued yesterday’s order. Time and time again, the travel ban has been shown to be unconstitutional and discriminatory based on religion and nationality -- #NoMuslimBanEver.