Hawaii judge blocks Trump’s third travel ban

The Trump administration unveiled new travel restrictions on September 24, 2017 on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year.

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban one day before it was set to take effect.

Judge Derrick Watson said the travel ban — Trump’s third version of the policy — “plainly discriminates based on nationality.”

The President’s executive order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,'” Watson wrote.

The second version of the travel ban, issued in March, had barred residents of six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The new restrictions that were set to take effect Wednesday cover eight countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement on the judge’s ruling:

 

“Once again, President Trump is on the wrong side of immigration issues and the wrong side of history. America must always be a beacon of hope and humanity for immigrants, regardless of where they worship or from where they travel. Chicago will continue to stand up to the Trump Administration and protect those in search of America’s promise.”