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16 March 2017 - Trump's Second Travel Ban Halted by Hawaii Judge

Hawaii judge halts Trump's new travel ban, setting stage for epic legal battle
Oliver Laughland, Ed Pilkington, David Smith and Liz Barney (The Guardian, 16/03/2017)

President Trump appears set on a collision course with federal judges, vowing to fight them to the end after a district court in Hawaii issued the second block in as many months on his proposed travel ban on visitors from majority-Muslim countries.

The dramatic clashes between Trump and the judiciary came just hours before the president’s revised executive order was due to come into effect at midnight. Had it stood, the travel ban would have put a complete stop to arrivals of refugees from anywhere in the world as well as newcomers from six predominantly Muslim countries.

But in a ruling that mirrored the restraining order issued by a Washington state judge just a month ago, Judge Derrick Watson of the federal district court in Honolulu delivered another stinging blow to the Trump administration’s contentious ambitions. Watson imposed a nationwide temporary stay on the travel ban that he found to be in violation of the establishment clause of the US constitution that prohibits discrimination against any religion.

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Major Setback
 
Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Nationwide
Alexander Burns (The New York Times, 15/03/2017)
 
A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House and signaling that Mr. Trump will have to account in court for his heated rhetoric about Islam.

The ruling was the second major setback for Mr. Trump in his pursuit of a policy he has trumpeted as critical for national security. His first attempt to sharply limit travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries ended in a courtroom fiasco last month, when a federal court in Seattle halted it.

Mr. Trump issued a new and narrower travel ban, affecting six countries, on March 6, trying to satisfy the courts by removing some of the most contentious elements of the original version.

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Trump's Reaction
 
Trump Blasts Court's Travel Ban Block: 'This Ruling Makes Us Look Weak'
Jessica Taylor (NPR, 15/03/2017)

President Trump blasted a federal judge's decision to temporarily halt his revised travel ban on Wednesday night, telling a campaign rally in Nashville, Tenn., that he wished he had stood his ground and fought for his original, much stricter executive order.

"The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with," Trump said, referring to the decision earlier in the day by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson of Hawaii. "This new order was tailored to the dictates of the 9th Circuit's, in my opinion, flawed ruling. This was, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach."

"I think we ought to go back to the first one [executive order] and go all the way" to the Supreme Court, the president told the receptive crowd, adding that "this ruling makes us look weak."

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge cites Trump allies' own remarks in block of travel ban
Lydia Wheeler (The Hill, 15/03/2017)

In his ruling blocking President Trump's revised travel ban nationwide Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii pointed to comments from some of Trump's top advisers.

Judge Derrick Watson noted that senior adviser Stephen Miller said in a Fox News interview that the revised order was fundamentally the same as the first, despite a few key changes intended to bolster the administration's case in court.

Miller told the station that the new order would have the "same basic policy outcome for the country," and that the revisions were meant to address the concerns of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a Seattle federal judge's halt on the first travel ban.

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