A second federal judge – this one in Maryland – has blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
Just yesterday, a federal judge in Hawaii placed a nationwide halt to Trump’s order, a major blow to the president’s policy only hours before it was supposed to go into effect.
Thursday morning, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said the President’s travel ban was still a mechanism for discriminating against Muslims. He specifically cited Trump’s comments for his justification, The Washington Post reports.
“The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban,” Chuang wrote.
The judge’s ruling blocks the part of Trump’s order related to issuing visas to people from the six countries in the ban. Judge Chuang said the plaintiffs did “not provide a sufficient basis” for him to block any other parts of the order.
Chuang ruled he “should not, and will not, second-guess the conclusion that national security interests would be served by the travel ban.”
“In this highly unique case,” he wrote. “The record provides strong indications that the national security purpose is not the primary purpose for the travel ban.”
In Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Wednesday that both the state of Hawaii and a Muslim leader showed a “strong” likelihood of succeeding in their lawsuit against the ban.
His temporary restraining order blocks a temporary suspension of the refugee resettlement program and a block on nationals from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Trump during a rally in Tennessee Thursday night vowed to fight the Hawaii judge’s ruling.
“We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Trump said.
“We’re going to win,” he continued. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”
H/T: The Hill