The suspension of Trump’s second try at a travel ban is today’s biggest immigration story. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order halting implementation of the 90-day ban on travel from six mostly-Muslim countries and of the 120-day ban on refugees. His order was based on the the Establishment Clause, and his 43-page opinion left no doubt about his conclusions:
“…. a reasonable, objective observer—enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to the issuance—would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously-neutral purpose…” [pp. 28-29]
For more, see these articles – if you have time for only one, I’d choose the article from The Hill.
- Read the Hawaii court order that blocked Trump’s revised travel ban (Vox, 3/15/17) Scroll to the bottom of the article for the full text of the court order.
- Judge blocks Trump’s revised travel ban (The Hill, 3/15/17)
- Federal judge in Hawaii freezes President Trump’s new entry ban (Washington Post, 3/15/17)
- A Hawaii judge has just blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban (Vox, 3/15/17)
- Federal judge blocks Trump’s latest travel ban nationwide (New York Times, 3/15/17)
- Trump Blasts Court’s Travel Ban Block: ‘This Ruling Makes Us Look Weak’ (NPR, 3/15/17)
If you want a counter-argument to the judge’s opinion, check out Josh Blackman’s discussion of the Establishment Clause and the executive orders in Lawfare.
And in other immigration news:
Yemeni couple on verge of reuniting in US may be derailed by travel ban (The Guardian, 3/15/17)
Trump’s Assault on Immigrants Will Seriously Damage the Economy (The Nation, 3/15/17)
Lawfare blog has a four-part series on sanctuary, the first three parts of which have been published:
- Sanctuary 101, Part I: What Trump’s Executive Order Doesn’t Do, Cannot Do, and Has Little To Do With
- Sanctuary 101, Part II: What Is a “Sanctuary Jurisdiction”? Let’s Stop Mystifying the Answer
- Sanctuary 101, Part III: Can Trump Condition Federal Funds This Way?