Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

US Judge Blocks Latest Trump Travel Restrictions

US Judge Blocks Latest Trump Travel Restrictions

Amidst all the recent discussion of sanctuary cities, Dreamers and DACA, you may have forgotten that President Trump's other controversial move impacting immigrants and travelers into the U.S., primarily those from Muslim-majority nations, remains in play after a third attempt by Trump and the Department of Justice to issue a broad-reaching travel ban.

That's why U.S. District Judge Judge James Robart blocked Trump's first attempt at a travel ban a week after it went into effect.

Watson is the judge who blocked an attempt to impose a travel ban restricting entry to the United States for people from a number of Muslim-majority countries back in March.

Opponents say the ban violates the U.S. Constitution because it discriminates against Muslims while overstepping the bounds of U.S. immigration law by discriminating by nationality. The administration issued a temporary order following those legal setbacks.

In his decision, Watson said the ban was "simultaneously overbroad and underinclusive" because it targets entire countries rather than unsafe individuals, yet leaves out even potentially risky individuals from most countries.

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The White House called Watson's ruling "dangerously flawed" and a threat to national security. "These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our Nation". Now, less than a day before the latest ban - issued in late September via executive proclamation - was set to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii has issued a nationwide order temporarily blocking the ban, as the New York Times reports. After Trump issued the revised ban last month, SCOTUS dismissed an earlier challenge to the ban saying it was now moot, as USA Today reported.

That ruling was challenged all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that Trump could implement a watered-down version of the ban.

A federal judge in Hawaii is weighing a similar motion, while challengers have also taken their case to courts in Washington DC and Seattle.

President Trump added North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to his administration's existing travel ban.

Some countries ultimately faced more complete bans than others, and the US indicated they would make their way off the list if conditions changed.

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The proclamation blocked people from Chad, Libya and Yemen from coming to the United States as immigrants or on business or tourist visas, and it blocked people from Somalia from coming as immigrants.

Watson, the judge in Hawaii, blocked that second travel ban too, saying that it was unconstitutional because it disfavored a particular religion.

The decision was carried out by U.S. Department of Justice to Supreme Court.

"The latest version of the travel ban - version 3.0, if you will - limits travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen". Restrictions for Venezuelans are more narrow - and previously included countries Iraq and Sudan have dropped off the DOJ's list.

The administration unveiled a new version in early March, dropping Iraq from the list after complaints from leaders of a nation that is allied with the U.S. in fighting ISIL.

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