President Trump’s revised travel ban aimed at six mainly Muslim countries has been blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, reports CBC.
A case brought near Washington by the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) and other groups had argued that the rationale of the ban was discriminatory against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Judge Theodore Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide, pending further orders from the court.
Although government lawyers had attempted to argue that the purpose of the ban was to ensure national security and to safeguard the U.S. against ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ one of the attorneys in the lawsuit said that the revised order remained a ‘Muslim ban.’
The rewritten ban had removed Iraq from its list of banned countries and included some exceptions under which travellers from proscribed nations could be granted waivers allowing them into the U.S. However, in Hawaii, a federal court also blocked the revised ban, with U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson rejecting the government’s claim that the travel ban is about national security rather than discrimination.
At a rally in Nashville, Trump criticized what he described as ‘unprecedented judicial overreach,’ saying that his administration was prepared to take its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.