Another Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

Oct 18, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

One day before the latest iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban was to take effect, a federal judge in Maryland granted an injunction blocking it, saying it was clearly targeted toward Muslims. The Maryland injunction comes on the heels of a similar one issued by a federal judge in Hawaii. The ban was to take effect just hours later.

“The record provides strong indications that national security is not the primary purpose of the travel ban,” US District Court judge Theodore D. Chuang wrote. “The fact that the White House took the highly irregular step of first introducing the travel ban without receiving the input and judgment of relevant national security agencies strongly suggests that the religious purpose was primary, and the national security purpose, even if legitimate, is a secondary post hoc rationale.”

Chuang’s injunction, which is effective nationwide, specifically applies to the part of the executive order that forbade entry to the US by citizens of the Muslim-majority countries of Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia. Both judges’ injunctions still allow the ban to bar citizens of North Korea and some Venezuelans.

To support his decision, Chuang cited Trump campaign literature that promised to stop Muslim immigration and the president’s own description of the Presidential Proclamation 9645 as a “travel ban.”

The executive order, issued Sept. 24, is the administration’s second take on a sweeping travel ban that critics call unconstitutional and anti-Muslim and that supporters insist is necessary for national security.

The first travel ban was met with a number of legal challenges and was blocked by judges of the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, going into effect for 90 days in a drastically toned-down form after a Supreme Court review. The second travel ban was modified and resurrected on the same day the first, neutered ban was to expire. Among other tweaks, it added North Korean and Venezuelan citizens to the ban list to address the criticisms of anti-Muslim bias.

Chuang’s and, in Hawaii, US District Court judge Derrick Watson’s objections to the second ban indicate that it will likely face the same legal roadblocks as the first.

Part of the first paragraph was edited to reflect how closely the Maryland ruling came before the travel order was to go into effect. 

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.