Federal judge in Virginia disagrees with Hawaii judge, upholds Trump travel ban

Posted March 26, 2017

A Virginia federal judge has ruled in favour of Donald Trump's travel ban.

In its filing, the government points to a Maryland district court's decision to ban only one section of the 15-page travel ban, while highlighting Friday's ruling that the president's revised travel order appears to fall within the president's authority.

The Maryland ruling and a separate ruling in Hawaii were victories for civil liberties groups and advocates for immigrants and refugees, who argued that Trump's temporary ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries violated the Constitution.

In his ruling, Trenga said that the ban "likely falls within the bounds" of Trump's authority as president.

"T$3 he substantive revisions reflected in [executive order] have".

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"And while the President and his advisers have continued to make statements following the issuance of EO-1 (the first executive order) that have characterized or anticipated the nature of EO-2 (the revised ban) the court can not conclude for the purposes of the motion that these statements, together with the President's past statements, have effectively disqualified him from exercising his lawful presidential authority."...

"We're pleased with this ruling, which found that the plaintiffs had no likelihood of success on the merits of their claims", Spicer said Friday during the daily press briefing.

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The plaintiffs, activists affiliated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, promised an appeal. It is now likely that a final decision will have to be made by the Supreme Court.

Finally, 10.5% of readers said they were neutral on the travel ban and were willing to see how it turned out once put into effect.

U.S. Marshals are being sent in to guard the Hawaii judge that blocked the Trump administration's second travel ban.

Watson also went so far as to tell the federal lawyers who protested his ruling that "there is nothing unclear" about his remarks on Sunday.

Indeed, says Banzhaf, the legal argument that the laptop ban is unconstitutional may be stronger than a similar argument regarding the travel ban which has now been enjoined. He said national security did not appear to be the main objective of the ban.

The bitter fight over the travel bans has become an early test of whether the president will be able to deliver on his campaign promises.