Two judges have shut down the travel ban, for now. Guess what? Both of them were appointed by former President Barack Obama.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” wrote Watson, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed. The Court declines to relegate its Establishment Clause analysis to a purely mathematical exercise.”
Hours after that opinion emerged, a federal judge in Maryland, U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang — also an Obama appointee and a former Department of Homeland Security deputy counsel — held that Trump’s order appeared to violate a specific provision in federal law by blocking the issuance of immigrant visas from the six targeted countries.
The rulings are another serious blow to Trump’s attempt to limit immigration as part of what he claims is an effort to reduce the threat of terrorist attacks in the U.S.
Trump slammed the decision during a speech to a campaign rally in Nashville on Wednesday a short time after the new restraining order was issued.