BREAKING NEWS: Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban
October 19, 2017
Within hours before President's Trump third proposed ban on foreign nationals from
seven countries was scheduled to go in effect, Judge Derrick Watson for the U.S. District Court of Hawaii blocked the administration from implementing the new, controversial travel ban. The latest ban was set to go in effect on October 18 and would have indefinitely restricted entry to United States of citizens and nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
In a 40-page decision, Judge Watson wrote the latest ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor" and that the new executive order "plainly discriminates based on nationality" in a way that violates federal law and contravenes "the founding principles of this Nation."
Today's ruling is another setback for the Trump administration's efforts to categorically ban foreign nationals from certain countries entering the US. Previous attempts to restrict travel from predominantly Muslim countries were consistently blocked from taking effect by federal judges. The White House immediately criticized the ruling and vows to appeal it.