Trump’s travel ban 3.0 was stopped in its tracks today by Federal District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii. Watson ruled on one of several cases brought against the travel ban since it was issued. The ban was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, October 18.
Another legal challenge by the ACLU and several other organizations was heard by a judge in federal court in Baltimore on Monday. One of the plaintiffs, Eblal Zazkok, tells his family’s story and the stories of two other plaintiffs in a heartbreaking op/ed in USA Today. He details the “veritable gauntlet of screening procedures” required before he and his family could be granted asylum here. Because of the travel ban, his eldest daughter is barred from rejoining the family, and lives in fear in a refugee camp in Turkey. One of his co-plaintiffs is a man whose wife cannot rejoin him and their sick infant daughter because of the travel ban.
While challenges to the previous travel bans made it to the Supreme Court, those bans were temporary and expired before the Supreme Court ruled. The current ban is permanent, so the new challenges may result in a definitive ruling – some day.
Federal judge blocks Trump’s third travel ban (Washington Post, 10/17/17) “A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch’s powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.
“The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information the U.S. wanted to vet their citizens.”
Trump travel ban 3 may shatter my family forever – and it’s not even needed (USA Today 10/16/17)
“My wife, my children, and I faced a veritable gauntlet of screening procedures before we were granted asylum. My 19-year old son was forced to stay behind for an additional two years of screening, and was finally approved just last week. I know from personal experience that the U.S. visa vetting system is already very thorough — and that President Trump’s latest travel ban is not necessary to keep Americans safe….
“Fahed had planned to stay with his wife until her travel to the U.S. could be approved, but on Nov. 9, 2016, their second daughter was born with a severe birth defect, requiring intensive medical treatment in the U.S. Fahed’s petition to have his wife join him in the U.S. to help take care of their sick daughter was approved in August, but is pending final approval following a visa interview. The ban would indefinitely separate her from her sick daughter — an inhuman and immoral consequence that does nothing to keep America safe.”
U.S. judge questions government on Trump’s latest travel ban (U.S. News, 10/16/17) Challenges to the third travel ban were heard by U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland on Monday.
“Chuang asked Hashim Mooppan, the attorney representing the government, if there were inconsistencies between the homeland security report and Trump’s proclamation. Mooppan declined to discuss details of the classified report, and said the government does not have to explain whether Trump’s advisers disagreed about the ban.”
Trump’s Travel Ban in Court (Again), But With a Difference (Christian Science Monitor, 10/16/17) In-depth review and analysis of travel ban litigation.
Opinion: Whatever courts say, Trump’s travel ban is still bad policy (Washington Post, 10/16/17)
“The latest version may be less obviously discriminatory against Muslims, but that doesn’t mean that limiting travel from a jumble of countries — including a close counterterrorism partner of the United States — will have any benefit to Americans’ safety.”
Federal judge hears challenge to third version of Trump’s travel ban (Politico, 10/16/17)
And in other news
Minnesota doctor granted 30-day reprieve from deportation (KSTP, 10/16/17)
“Dr. Guan Lee, who has spent the past 18 years in the state, was scheduled to leave the United States on Monday and return to Malaysia, but she was granted a reprieve.
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had said they would enforce a Minnesota doctor’s deportation order from September 2011, but Lee learned she was given a 30-day reprieve.”
In New Hampshire, Indonesian Christians Caught in Trump Immigration Crackdown (NBC News, 10/16/17)
“Since fleeing deadly violence in Indonesia two decades ago, Meldy and Eva Lumangkun built a life in suburban New Hampshire and raised four children, their illegal status long tolerated by U.S. immigration authorities.
“But when they showed up at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Manchester in August for their regular check-in, they were told to buy one-way tickets back to Indonesia and get out of the United States in two months.”
Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered Officials to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids (The Intercept, 10/16/17) The email orders described in an article earlier this month came from John Kelly.