Travel Ban Attempt
Blocked on October 17, 2017
On Tuesday, October 17, Judge Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s third attempt at restricting the entry of into the US for citizens of the countries listed in the most recent iteration of Trump’s Travel Ban. This is not Judge Watson’s first intervention with Trump’s travel bans; he also blocked the second version of the Travel Ban, deeming its provisions unconstitutional. The move came one day before revisions to the ban were set to go into effect. Watson wrote in his ruling that this version, and its two predecessors, “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six countries would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” which would be necessary information in order for the ban to be lawfully enforced. The remaining two countries that were not protected by the block were North Korea and Venezuela, so it remains that certain people from these two countries, as set forth in the third revision to the Travel Ban, remain barred from entering the United States. The White House called this decision “dangerously flawed,” and the Department of Justice separately stated that the decision has implications to negatively affect national security.
Judge Watson’s ruling on both Travel Bans 2.0 and 3.0 demonstrate that the politics of fear will not go unchallenged by those who will not accept the hateful rhetoric and fear-mongering tactics deployed by Trump on the campaign trail and in the White House. In addition to lack of reasonable evidence, Watson took a stand against blatantly discriminatory politics, which will hopefully serve to set a precedent for a culture shift away from the politics of fear in the wake of Trump.
- Take Action with the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can help NILC advance its mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
- Support the Council on Foreign Relations: Founded in 1921, CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for helping invested individuals better understand the world and foreign policy changes facing the United States and other countries. You can learn more about CFR’s work and support CFR here.
- Get Involved With the American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” They have been actively involved in court cases challenging the Trump Administration on Immigration. You can learn more about supporting the ACLU in their fight for just immigration policy here.
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