Hawaii judge bans Trump's Muslim Ban 2
Mar 16, Washington: Just hours before President Donald Trump's revised ban on issuing visas to travelers from six majority-Muslim countries went into effect, a federal judge in Hawaii has issued a temporary restraining order against the ban halting its implementation nationwide.
"Plaintiffs have met their burden of establishing a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim," Judge Derrick Watson wrote in his decision Wednesday, referring to the First Amendment's requirement of the separation of church and state.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued the ban discriminated on the basis of nationality, exceeded the president’s authority and was “motivated by anti-Muslim animus.” He previously referred to the executive order as "Muslim Ban 2.0"
Trump responded to the ruling during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Wednesday evening, vowing to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary."The order he blocked was a watered down version of the first order," which "should have never been blocked to start with," Trump told the crowd.Trump called the district judge in Hawaii "part of the much-overturned 9th Circuit Court," drawing boos from the rally attendees. He added, "I have to be nice otherwise I’ll be criticized for speaking poorly of our courts," before referring to the media as "dishonest" to the delight of the crowd.
Trump said it was within the president's power to halt US entry, "when he or she deems it to be in the national interest of our country." He then clarified that the "she" will never be Hillary Clinton, which prompted "Lock her up!" chants from the audience.
The state also cited economic harms the ban would cause, including to its tourism industry and the ability to recruit foreign workers and students, saying the ban would “undermine its commitment to being 'one of the most diverse institutions of higher education' in the world.”
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