Washington: A US federal judge in Hawaii, Derrick Watson, put on hold Trump’s new travel ban just few hours before it’s implementation. The court’s decision was another setback to President’s administration as it was second time that his policies on travel ban were dismissed in the court. US district judge Derrick K Watson, of Hawaii state, said in a 43-page order that any “reasonable, objective observer—enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance—would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavour a particular religion”.
Refugee resettlement agencies and the National Immigration Law Centre also argued in court to halt the order. Hawaii’s attorney general also appealed that tourism and international students applying for Universities would be affected and thereby, slowing the economic growth of the state. Groups of plaintiffs from Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon who applied for immigrant visas said in their court filings to block the new order. A group of 58 tech companies filed a “friend of the court” brief in the case also asking the judge to freeze the order as it’s proving to be a hindrance in recruiting the best talent from around the world.
Trump addressed a rally at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, and hit back calling the move an “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said he was ready to take the case “as far as it needs to go” including to the Supreme Court.
What was the new travel ban ?
President Donald Trump had revised the executive order that was signed on January 27, barring Iraq from the banned list of countries travelling to the United States. The revised ban was scheduled to come into force today after midnight.
The new order signed by President on March 6, which according to the White House was done in private neither came into effect immediately nor had Iraq in the listed banned countries like earlier to avoid chaos for the second time. However, the ban remained against 6 other majority Muslim nations who were there in the first order list as well, namely Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. These 6 nations were named to be blocked from entering the United States for at least 90 days. According to the White House official, Iraq was exempted form the banned list because the Iraqi government had promised to counter Islamic State militants. Failing to do so, Trump had plans to put Iraq back on the banned list.
Besides this, the indefinite ban on refugees from Syria was also lifted in the new order, but it had to follow the 120 days refugees’ suspension order along with the other countries. That means, no refugees in the United States were to be allowed for a period of 120 days. The move was to also cut the number of refugees admitted each year to 50,000 from about 110,000. The new measures were said to be taken to strengthen vetting procedures, according to a homeland security summary of the order.
The new order gave relaxation to the people with legal permanent residence in the US, known as green card. That means legitimate visa holders were remained to be unaffected with the new travel ban.
With president’s revision, a wave of criticism had again started from Democrats and immigrant rights advocates. People around the globe were fearful thinking about it’s long-term effects, but the district judge ruling on Wednesday has again broken Mr President’s dreams.