Hawaii judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban

Third US travel ban largely blocked by federal judge

Federal Judge In Hawaii Halts Trump's Third Attempt At A Travel Ban

The state has been fighting each version of the travel ban.

After earlier orders by Trump in January and March were at least partly blocked by legal challenges, the White House last month issued another version, imposing partial or full entry bans against people from seven countries, citing security risks where governments have failed to meet USA demands for information sharing.

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban, finding it still tainted by religious discrimination. The ban had broad restrictions on immigration from North Korea, Syria, and Somalia, creating an exception for Iranian students upon enhanced screening, and barring entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from Chad, Libya and Yemen on business, tourist or business-tourist visas.

The decision was carried out by U.S. Department of Justice to Supreme Court.

The administration's third travel ban, issued September 24, came just as the second, revised version of the travel ban reached its expiration date and the 50-day deadline for worldwide compliance with the US's new security requirements passed.

On October 18th, restrictions on travel mentioned in Iran, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and Chad were bringing strict security procedures to USA visa-taking processes. Even before Chuang's ruling, though, a federal judge in Hawaii stopped it - at least temporarily - for all of the countries except North Korea and Venezuela.

He said the order "plainly discriminates on nationality" and fails to show how allowing entry from people in those countries proves "detrimental to the interests of the United States".

The judge said the new restrictions ignore a federal appeals court ruling that found Trump's previous ban exceeds the scope of his authority. "We are therefore confident that the Judiciary will ultimately uphold the President's lawful and necessary action and swiftly restore its vital protections for the safety of the American people".

The latest ban, announced last month, was the third version of a policy that targeted Muslim-majority countries but had been restricted by the courts.

Mooppan argued that because the new version of the ban went in place after a thorough review, it does not constitute a "Muslim ban". The government, for example, had undertaken a review process before inking the new measure, and had added two non-Muslim majority countries to the banned list. Mooppan declined to discuss details of the classified report, and said the government does not have to explain whether Trump's advisers disagreed about the ban.

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