Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s 2nd Travel Plan
By MEHER ONISA : 16-Mar-2017
HONOLULU: It is for the second time that the US District Federal Judge Derrick Watson was compelled to freeze President Donald Trump's recent executive order nationwide. On Wednesday, the judge had blocked Trump's revised travel ban that prevented the issuance of visas to citizens of 6 Muslim countries. All two of the Trump’ executive orders were twice rejected they had violated the directive of the Constitution.
In a 43 pages document, Judge Derrick Watson had pointed on Trump’s order that was violating the First Amendment Protections against Religious Discrimination. Derrick Watson had criticised the new travel order and called it to be a watered-down version of the first one. He had mentioned that the travel order is all about the security of the national but not discrimination.
The District Judge argued that the intention behind Trump’s travel ban was "illogic" that cited "significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus". He stated that Trump is invariably calling for a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. He had intimated to the courts that it should able to perceive the "veiled psyche" and "secret motives" behind Trump's order.
Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General had filed the lawsuit to block Trump’s 1st ban that was issued on Friday, late January. The U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle had consented to the lawsuit filed by the Attorney and sealed the order momentarily.
Both of the Trump’s chaotic travel orders had lead to the global protests by travellers from seven nations including Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen who were barred from travelling to the USA. The State Department who was determined for the cancellation of more than 60,000 visas had however later reversed its decision.