If at first you don’t succeed… sounds cliché. But, it seems like it finally worked for President Trump.
Friday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled to approve Trump’s executive order calling for temporarily blocking immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. The order also calls for stopping all refugees from entering the country.
Prior to this, federal judges in both Maryland and Hawaii blocked Trump’s executive order, stopping it from being implemented.
Friday’s ruling against the injunction doesn’t change that just yet. A hearing is scheduled for May with an appeals court in regards to the ruling in Maryland. Until that matter is resolved, and a change in the Hawaii ruling occurs, the injunction remains in place.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that The President does indeed have the legal right to impose his proposed travel ban. Judge Trenga found that the latest executive order related to the travel ban does not discriminate against Muslims.
According to a Daily Caller report, the federal judge in Hawaii who slammed the executive order used statements Trump made on the campaign trail as basis for his ruling.
Back then, the Republican presidential candidate spoke of a Muslim ban quite often. But, Judge Trenga believes the pa st is the past.
The injunction had been brought forward by Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who was represented by an attorney from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Trenga, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in his opinion that “the President has unqualified authority to bar physical entry to the United States at the border.” He said that the executive order makes no mention of religion and has a “state secular purpose” of protecting U.S. citizens from terrorist attacks.
The Hawaiian federal judge who knocked down the executive order cited past statements from Trump on the campaign trail talking about a “Muslim ban.” Judge Trenga, however, wrote, “In that regard, the Supreme Court has held that ‘past actions [do not] forever taint any effort on [the government’s] part to deal with the subject matter.’”
A Department of Justice spokeswoman said in a statement, “The Department of Justice is pleased with the ruling. As the Court correctly explains, the President’s Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation’s security.”
The Associated Press reported that Sarsour’s attorney is expected to appeal the ruling.