Trump Dealt Another Defeat As U.S. Court Blocks Latest Travel Ban
A Federal judge has blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, calling the new policy both “overbroad and underinclusive” and ruling that federal immigration law did not give Trump the authority to impose the restrictions, dealing the administration another legal defeat.
During arguments, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded that Trump appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law when he issued a proclamation last month restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of eight countries,
The open-ended ban, announced last month, targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. It was the latest version of a policy that had previously targeted six Muslim-majority countries but had been restricted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hawaii judge said Trump’s order was too sweeping to address the concerns the president set forth about inadequate intelligence sharing by foreign governments about travelers who could pose terrorist threats.
“The generalized findings regarding each country’s performance…do not support the vast scope of” the directive, Watson wrote. “In other words, the categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women, and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of ‘public-safety and terrorism-related information’ that the President identifies.”
“This leads to absurd results,” Watson added, calling the new policy both “overbroad and underinclusive,” Politico reports.
The state of Hawaii sued in federal court in Honolulu to block Trump’s latest policy, arguing that federal immigration law did not give him the authority to impose the restrictions.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.