December 15, 2018

Federal judge strikes down Trump’s latest travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii struck down the Trump administration’s latest travel ban under the grounds that it “plainly discriminates based on nationality.”

The judge, Derrick Watson, argued in his ruling that the travel ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,’ a precondition that the Ninth Circuit determined must be satisfied.”

The latest travel ban would have denied visas to those from Iran, Syria, Libya, Chad, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea. Under Judge Watson’s ruling, only those traveling from Venezuela and North Korea could be denied entry into U.S.

The ruling comes in response to the state of Hawaii suing the latest travel ban, claiming that the ban undermined America’s “founding values of religious freedom and equality.” The Trump administration argued that the executive branch has the authority to restrict immigration. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal Watson’s ruling.

Here is a roundup of tweets gloating about the travel ban being struck down:

And here are tweets of those lamenting the ruling:

The travel ban would have gone into effect on Wednesday had it not been for Watson’s ruling.