'Makes us look weak' Trump attacks new block on 'Muslim' travel ban
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 1:29
Honolulu-based U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson granted an order halting the ban nationwide.
President Donald Trump said the decision by a United States federal judge in Hawaii to issue an emergency halt on Wednesday (Mar 16) to his revised travel ban was an example of "unprecedented judicial overreach".
"A reasonable, objective observer. would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a goal to disfavour a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously-neutral goal", he said. Trump looked on, neither commenting nor waving the crowd off.
The Hawaii court said however it would not stay its decision in the event of an appeal, meaning the ban can not go ahead as planned on Thursday regardless of any action the White House takes. "If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities".
"The danger is clear, the law is clear, and the need for my executive order is clear", Trump said.More news: Federal judge not ready to rule on blocking new travel ban
President Trump also cited regulations that empower the President to make decisions when national security is at stake as justification for the bans. But it remains, according to the Hawaii and Maryland courts, a policy of religious discrimination at its core. "We're going to win.We're going to keep our citizens safe, believe me".
Donald Trump responded to the federal judge in Hawaii who froze his latest executive order restricting immigration just hours before it was supposed to go into effect. We are going to fight this bad ruling. The Hawaii decision will be heard by the same court that struck down the first ban in February.
Trump noted that the revised order was made to rectify problems found with the first travel ban, which was set aside. Government attorneys countered that all references to religion have been scrapped from the revised order, and the judge should focus on its exact wording, which is aimed at preventing terrorists from infiltrating the United States.
"It would be inappropriate to conclude, as the Government does, that it does not [target Muslims]", the judge wrote. The first one, on January 27, blocked travel by permanent residents and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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 goal.