Third version of travel ban blocked

 

President Trump’s latest travel ban has been blocked by a federal judge.

President Trump has tried a third version of an executive order on indefinitely banning or curtailing travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.

Hawaii Federal District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked implementation of much of that order just hours before the ban was set to take effect.

He left in place the ban on Venezuelan and North Korean nationals but blocked the ban against Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Judge Watson found that the travel ban lacked specific evidence to demonstrate that banning the entry of nationals of these nations would be in the best interests of the United States.

Following Judge Watson’s decision, Judge Theodore Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a second block to the travel ban. Judge Chuang’s decision is more limited in scope than Judge Watson’s, as it only blocks the Trump administration from enforcing the ban against those who lack a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the United States, including parents, children, siblings or other close family members.

For the time being the administration is unable to restrict the entry of travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, or Yemen. The recent injunctions will likely be appealed, and if the government is successful, foreign nationals from the six countries could risk being denied entry to the United States after any international travel.

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