Judge Blocks Trump Immigration Order, Saying Borders Are Unconstitutional

Judge Blocks Trump Immigration Order, Saying Borders Are Unconstitutional

On Tuesday a federal judge blocked President Trump’s immigration order from being implemented, saying that borders are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote in an order that suspended the latest version of the president’s travel ban that it “plainly discriminates based on nationality.”

The latest iteration of the executive order would temporarily bar entry to immigrants from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. The Hawaii judge’s order stops the ban from barring immigrants from all of the aforementioned countries with exception of Venezuela and North Korea.

Watson wrote the ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.'”

“EO-3 plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the Ninth Circuit has found antithetical to both Section 1152(a) and the founding principles of this Nation,” he wrote. Watson has several times prevented earlier versions of the travel ban from being implemented. The DOJ has said it will challenge the ruling.

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