Virginia Judge Sides With Trump's Revised Travel Ban

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The Maryland ruling stopped the revised executive order's 90-day ban on travel into the citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The losses forced Trump to significantly revise his initial executive order.

"I'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how I'd rule in any case like that that could come before the Supreme Court or my court at the 10th Circuit", he said.

But Virginia-based US District Judge Anthony Trenga was not persuaded that Trump's past statements automatically mean the revised executive order is unlawful, especially given the changes it made from the first version.

Like much of the rest of the U.S. tech sector, the majority of the Light Reading community strongly opposes President Trump's efforts to bar citizens from at least six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.

"As the Court correctly explains, the President's Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation's security", she said. But Gadeir Abbas, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said his clients are still being harmed because "the status of the other orders isn't durable, and they could be reversed at any time".

The new executive order includes "detailed justification", Trenga added, that is "based on national security needs, and enjoining the operation of EO-2 would interfere with the President's unique constitutional responsibilities to conduct global relations, provide for the national defense, and secure the nation". U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu accepted the invitation and in blocking the enforcement of the travel ban found that a reasonable person would conclude that the revised order was issued with "a goal to disfavor a particular religion".

"Policies like that one, justified with respect to a particular (even if unspecified) new threat, implemented without accompanying statements of animus towards Islam, and in harmony with Congressional policies and the policies of our allies, raise no constitutional concerns", Neal Katyal, a lawyer for Hawaii, said in the filing.

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This revised order no longer carves out an exception favoring Christians and other religious minorities from Muslim-majority nations included in the ban.

The Hawaii and Maryland rulings agreed with arguments that the travel ban violated the Constitution by discriminating against Muslims.

"Thankfully, this decision does not alter the injunctions that are already preventing the implementation of the Trump administration's illegal executive order".

Trump slammed the rulings, saying that they "make us look weak" and that the travel restrictions are needed to protect Americans from "radical Islamic terrorists".

While Trenga's order does not overturn the previous rulings, it is likely to help strengthen the Justice Department's case in the appeals process.

"It does not surprise me that a judge would defer to the president in such matters", said Stephen Wasby, a legal scholar at the State University of NY in Albany who isn't involved in the case and is critical of the travel ban.

At a hearing in Alexandria on March 21, the government's lawyer, Dennis Barghaan, said another ruling blocking the executive order wasn't warranted because of the injunctions issued in Hawaii and Maryland.

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