US President Donald Trump administration appealing halt of revised Muslim ban

March 30, 2017 2:24 pm

District Judge Derrick Watson

The US Justice Department has
submitted a notice to appeal a ruling from a Hawaii federal judge that
indefinitely blocked President ’s travel restrictions on
people from several Muslim-majority countries.

Two weeks
ago, US District Judge Derrick Watson was the first to rule against the
president’s revised executive order, saying that the state of Hawaii had
established that the law could not be enforced because it was
unconstitutional.
The ruling blocked the travel ban on the grounds
that it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution by
disfavoring Muslims.
But Watson’s initial decision was designed to last only a couple of weeks.
On Wednesday night however, Watson agreed to convert that decision into a longer-term preliminary injunction, extending his previous temporary restraining order.

Protesters
rally in front of the Trump Building on Wall Street during a protest
against the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban and refugee
policies, March 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by AFP) On
Thursday, the Justice Department announced to file an appeal to the 9th
US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which had already ruled
against the initial travel ban.
“The Justice Department strongly
disagrees with the federal district court’s ruling. The President’s
executive order fails squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to
protect our nation’s security, and the department will continue to
defend this executive order in the courts,” a department spokesperson
said in a statement.
In the previous ruling, Watson, a Barack
Obama appointee, cited several comments made by Trump and declared that
the travel order is, despite the administration’s denials, a Muslim ban.
The
court in Hawaii was the first to rule on several legal challenges
against the travel ban, which targets people from six mainly Muslim
countries — Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

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