U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has blocked the sections of the executive order that limit entry to the U.S. from six predominately Muslim countries and restrict the number of refugees that can enter the U.S.
“The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the goal of the Second Executive Order remains the realisation of the long-envisioned Muslim ban”, the Maryland judge wrote, according to the Washington Post. Watson said that the order did not name Islam but “a reasonable, objective observer. would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a goal to disfavour a particular religion”.
President Trump who is now stumping for his troubled push to repeal and replace Obamacare, reacted with anger to the latest federal rulings.
Both judges argued that the travel ban was in effect discriminatory against Muslims, given both the president’s campaign rhetoric and the fact that all of the countries included in the list are Muslim majority.
“As long as this hateful policy remains, it will continue to be fought in courts while thousands of people and families are trapped in uncertainty”, said Margaret Huang, executive director Amnesty International USA. “If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities”.
“A judge has just blocked our executive order on travel and refugees coming into our country from certain countries”, Trump told the crowd in Nashville, which reacted with boos.
“The danger is clear, the law is clear, and the need for my executive order is clear”, Trump said.
This is the second time that the United States has attempted to push through a ban on travel from specific countries.
President Trump has not responded yet to the Hawaii court’s decision.
Decisions are also expected from federal courts in Washington state and Maryland. He said the “watered-down version” of the travel ban should have never been blocked and that federal judges are overstepping their authority. It bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the judge’s order, did not comment.
In the USA state of Maryland, the plaintiff, a group of refugee associations, questioned Donald Trump security argument.