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Hawaii blocks Trump's immigration ban

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Staff Writer | Thursday March 16, 2017 5:29AM ET
Derrick Watson
America   Judge Derrick Watson

A federal district court judge in Hawaii has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Donald Trump’s second travel ban, forcing a nationwide halt to the administration’s policy hours before it was due to come into effect.

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Judge Derrick Watson said there was: "...significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the executive order and its related predecessor...

"The illogic of the government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.

The judge’s ruling cited several comments made by Trump himself, as well as senior advisers Stephen Miller and Rudy Giuliani, indicating that the motivation for the executive order was to ban Muslims: "These plainly-worded statements, made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the executive order, and, in many cases, made by the executive himself, betray the executive order’s stated secular purpose.

"Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the court for purposes of the instant motion for TRO, that the stated secular purpose of the executive order is, at the very least, "secondary to a religious objective" of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims."


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