October 18, 2017
Trump’s Travel Ban Gets Trumped…Again
One step forward, two steps back — which is exactly how things are going for POTUS right now. (Or maybe just backwards, but who’s counting?) Less than an hour after U.S. senators announced a bipartisan deal which would allow the government to continue paying health insurers (a deal Trump actually approved of), a judge in Hawaii shut down Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban. Judge Derrick Watson blocked the ban, saying it “plainly discriminates based on nationality.” Like the versions that came before it, Watson said the White House failed to provide sufficient evidence that the banned nationals posed any kind of threat to the United States. CNN
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The third version of the ban suggested that the government prevent residents of eight countries (six being muslim-majority countries) from entering the United States — Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen. While the restrictions on North Korea (obviously) and Venezuela still stand, Judge Watson has blocked the ban from coming into effect for the other six nations. In the 40-page ruling, he chastised the administration for not addressing all the concerns that had come up in earlier hearings.
The Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said they’ll “appeal in an expeditious manner.” (And here we go again.