Published on : Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A federal judge has blocked yet another of the travel bans proposed by US President Donald Trump that is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the immigration agenda of the president.
In September, Trump had unveiled a brand new executive order that is his third on the matter so far curtailing travel from countries like Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.
On Tuesday Derrick Watson, the U.S. District Court Judge has nullified the implementation of a part of that order just a few hours prior to the ban set to take effect. He had written that it had suffered from the same legal weaknesses as the previous versions.
Judge Watson had been repeatedly ruled against the Trump administration in legal clashes over travel bans.
The judge had wrote stating the travel order discriminates based on the nationality of people and therefore is completely unethical to the basic principles of this nation.
The White House responded by slamming the order of Judge Watson and promising to press along with a court battle, arguing that the order would be standing up to legal scrutiny. A White House statement however stated that the dangerous flawed court order slams the efforts of the US President to ensure the safety of Americans by enforcing minimum security standards for entry into the United States.
Eventually, the Supreme Court permitted certain aspects of the earlier travel ban to stand, handing over the Trump administration a partial victory.
It has allowed for a temporary halt on travellers from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria and Yemen. Moreover it has also suspended refugee admissions in cases wherein people were unable to prove ‘bona fide’ ties to the United States like immediate relatives or job offers. Last month the high court has cancelled arguments on the restrictions as it had anticipated the indefinite ban that might be taking effect.