President Trump’s new executive order to restrict certain migrants has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii. The ruling was justified on the grounds of religious discrimination. It was claimed that the order favors one religion over another and thereby violates the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
The Daily Caller reveals the details of the case:
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of the District of Hawaii issued an order late Wednesday that temporarily bars enforcement of two aspects of the directive, which was scheduled to take effect at 12:01 am Thursday morning.
The challenge was brought by Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin. The state enlisted former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells for support in the challenge.
Hawaii sought to block two provisions of the order — one which suspends the refugee resettlement program and another that blocks travel from six countries with high instances of terror. Both provisions are now temporarily stayed pending further proceedings. The order applies nation-wide.
Many are saying that the block is unreasonable. Trump complained about the decision at a Tennessee rally: “this new order was tailored to the dictates of the 9th Circuit’s — in my opinion — flawed ruling,” he said, referring to his previous attempt to curb migration which was barred by the federal court in February. He called the ruling, “an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
It has also been noted that although Hawaii is a prominent protestor against migration restrictions, the state takes in virtually no refugees or migrants itself.
Several other rulings on the order are pending in federal courts across the U.S.