Over the last week, two federal judges from two different districts issued similar conclusions in the case of Donald Trump’s third travel ban. Their response was negative. The latest injunction against the plan came on Tuesday in Maryland. Judge Theodore Chuang received criticism of disobeying the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Judge Used Trump’s Tweets as Evidence in the Case of Third Travel Ban
The latest trial for the President’s program regarding new travel regulations came to a similar conclusion as the others. However, the argument that supported the nationwide preliminary injunction was based rather on morality than the Constitution.
U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang claimed that the administration failed to explain why the country needs such unprecedented plan. However, there was no mention to the constitutional fabric of this program.
Chuang exhibited the president’s social media activity such as tweets and posts as evidence in the case. His conclusion after reading these texts was that Trump’s third travel ban kept the same intent as in its previous drafts.
“To the extent that the Government might have provided additional evidence to establish that national security is now the primary purpose for the travel ban, it has not done so.”
The third version of the travel proposal appeared in September. It proposes travel restrictions for six countries with majority-Muslim nations plus two other lands. These are Chad, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. Restrictions are milder towards the latter two countries.
Justice Department Will Appeal All Injunctions
Trump’s administration reasoned that all the restrictions the plan entails are mirroring a country’s poor efforts to screen travelers. On top of that, none of the included nations are offering transparency for better international collaboration.
Justice Department announced it would appeal both the Maryland verdict and the previous decision issued in Hawaii. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the travel program. He views Trump’s order as a necessary screening layer for the country to know who is entering its borders. Moreover, the plan is in alignment with the Constitution.
Chang is also overseeing three lawsuits against the travel ban. The plaintiffs are different organizations including Iranian-American groups and refugee agencies.
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