A federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order over the Trump administration’s “revised” travel ban on Wednesday. Early on Thursday morning, a federal judge in Maryland did the same.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, presiding in Hawaii, issued a 43-page ruling against the ban, only hours before it was going to take effect.
Watson wrote in his ruling that the new executive order failed to pass legal muster, and the state had established “a strong likelihood of success” on their claims of religious discrimination.
The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.
Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries. It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7% to 99.8%.
Early on Thursday morning, U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang in Maryland also temporarily blocked the 90-day ban in the president’s executive order, saying it’s likely purpose was “the effectuation of the proposed Muslim ban” that Trump had promised during the election.
The ruling, which also applies throughout the U.S. allows travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — all of whom Muslim-majority countries — as well as refugees to travel to the United States.
The two may soon be joined by a federal judge in the state of Washington, who according to CNN is also in the process of evaluating the new travel ban.