Federal judge blocks Trump's travel ban indefinitely

Trump's administration can't get his ban — once described as a Muslim ban — to stick anywhere

Published March 30, 2017 12:38PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump faced a second speed bump in his attempt to implement a travel ban when a federal court in Hawaii temporarily prevented the Trump administration from implementing its ban, which was focused on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.

That speed bump has turned into a wall.

On Wednesday, Judge Derrick Watson indefinitely extended the travel ban, citing the Establishment Clause, and ruling that "irreparable injury is likely" if the ban were to be implemented. Watson also pointed to Trump's own words as evidence that the administration was seeking to discriminate against a group of people based on their religion — two weeks ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, he called the second travel ban "a watered-down version of the first one."

Trump's rhetoric and two attempts at travel bans have caused consternation within the travel industry. As The Hill reported, "Trump’s new travel protocols could discourage or turn away the millions of legitimate U.S.-bound tourists who pour money into the economy every year," citing a travel industry CEO. “The easy message is to say America is closed to terrorism, but we’re wide open to legitimate travelers and we welcome them,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “We want them.”

Meanwhile, a global business group's executive director said that Trump's "combined set of initiatives . . . have created a strong sense of uncertainty. It creates doubts about the safety and security of traveling," and noted that billions of dollars could be lost due to the regulations.



Trump also said during that Nashville rally that he would "fight this terrible ruling" to the Supreme Court. Now it remains to be seen whether or not the administration actually will.

By Jeremy Binckes

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