Links and stories – March 16, 2017

no-ban-no-wallThe 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.

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)

Caught Up In Travel Ban, Iranian Lesbian Asylum Seeker Sees ‘No Way Forward’ (NPR, 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:





About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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