First Hawaii, now Maryland…it’s almost like we’ve seen this same show before
Yet again, a Maryland Judge followed suit behind Hawaii, granting an injunction on Trump’s third travel executive order.
The order intended to temporarily curb immigration from well-known state sponsors of terror.
Plaintiffs for the latest injunction include the International Refugee Assistance Program, Iranian Alliances Across Borders, and Eblal Zakzok. Again, plaintiffs accuse Trump of targeting Muslims.
From the WaPo:
A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.
U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in Hawaii did a day earlier, blocking the administration from enforcing the directive only on those who lacked a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the United States, such as family members or some type of professional or other engagement in the United States.
But in some ways, Chuang’s ruling was more personally cutting to Trump, as he said the president’s own words cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade as the “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban.”
Omar Jadwat, who directs of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and represented those suing in Maryland over the ban, said: “Like the two versions before it, President Trump’s latest travel ban is still a Muslim ban at its core. And like the two before it, this one is going down to defeat in the courts.”
Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order on the travel order originally set to go into effect at Midnight Tuesday night.
Unlike the last two travel orders, the likelihood of the third iteration being successfully combatted in courts is slim.
We’ve covered the travel order issue extensively through the course of this year. For our posts on the travel order/executive power fight, see here.
WAJ Adds: Thanks again to Kemberlee for covering this. My schedule yesterday and today is horrendous. Despite Supreme Court stays of prior injunctions, the District Court judges just keep at it in opinions that in parts read like political manifestos. In my DREAD-ful post I addressed several institutions that have been lost. Unlike some other institutions, like Higher Ed, there is something Trump and Senate Republicans can do about the judiciary — push through Trump’s judicial nominees. The pace of confirmations has been way too slow.
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