Another Judge Just Ruled Against Trump's Travel Ban

Decision in Maryland follows earlier one in Hawaii
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2017 6:17 AM CDT
Trump's New Travel Ban Suffers 2nd Legal Blow
President Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

President Trump's revised travel ban just suffered its second legal blow in a matter of hours. Early Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland ruled against the president's restrictions on travelers from six nations, reports CNN. It follows a more sweeping decision out of Hawaii on Wednesday that temporarily blocked the ban from taking effect anyway. In the Hawaii decision, the judge wrote that Trump's previous comments suggested that his executive order amounted to a Muslim ban and thus would be unconstitutional. The Maryland restraining order is more limited in scope, explains the Washington Post, in that it blocks only the section that prevents new visas from being issued to those living in the six countries in question. However, the rationale was the same, with the judge citing comments from Trump and his advisers about the need for a Muslim ban.

“These statements, which include explicit, direct statements of President Trump’s animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, present a convincing case that the First Executive Order was issued to accomplish, as nearly as possible, President Trump’s promised Muslim ban," wrote US District Judge Theodore Chuang. At a Nashville rally Wednesday night, Trump slammed the Hawaii decision as "judicial overreach." No word yet on how the White House will proceed legally, but Trump voiced his preference at the rally: “Let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way,” he said. “The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear.” (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)

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